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Klopp says Reds were ready for dry pitch

21st April 2019, 18:45 by Simon Barlow

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool prepared to play on a dry pitch at Cardiff City Stadium, where his side took another step to the title.

The Reds boss anticipated that Cardiff would not water the pitch in order to make it difficult for his title-chasing side.

But Liverpool coped with the conditions and ultimately went back to the top of the Premier League thanks to second-half goals from Georgino Wijnaldum and James Milner, who converted a penalty after Mo Salah was fouled.

"Yesterday we didn't cut or water the grass at Melwood - we knew there would be a dry pitch and this was the case," said Klopp.

"We trained on a very dry pitch. You have to be ready to not get frustrated."

And the German refused to take any credit for the corner routine that brought Liverpool the crucial opening goal when Wijnaldum half-volleyed in from Trent Alexander-Arnold's delivery.

"The boys at half-time spoke about the space Gini would be in," Klopp added. "That was the players who came up with that at half time. I love that about my team."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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