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Luck has played a part says Klopp

1st April 2019, 04:56 by Michael Holland

Jurgen Klopp accepts luck has played a part in Liverpool's rise to title contenders but says the players have earned it.

The Reds side snatched a 2-1 win over Tottenham thanks to a 90th-minute Toby Alderweireld own goal to move back to the top of the Premier League - two points clear of Manchester City, who have a match in hand.

Mohamed Salah's header was palmed back into the six-yard area by Hugo Lloris and Alderweireld diverted it back past his goalkeeper.

It was Liverpool's 33rd winning goal in the 90th minute or later in Premier League history, which is eight more than any other side, and Klopp was asked if it was "fate" for Liverpool to win the title.

"I don't go that far but if you go through the season of other teams, you will find these moments as well," said Klopp. "I told the boys after the game, there are 500,000 different ways to win a football game and it was rather ugly.

"No problem, we take that. Without a bit of luck you cannot be in the position we are in. It's not possible. The boys work so hard, I think they deserve a bit of luck. For all the points we have now, we worked really hard.

"It is not important when you score but what it is on the scoresheet afterwards. Momentum is not a coincidence, it is something you take, you keep and you use. That helped obviously.

"Nine months ago, we started this mission, this ride, and wanted to go for the highest stakes in two competitions. We did it our way. The boys improved so much.

"We have to find a way to win games much more often than in the past. Until now it worked. It is all good.

"The boys work hard and if we would be first of the table after the last match of season, it would be a championship of will. We want it. We get used to situations, bit by bit, a bit better."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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