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Klopp pleased to get ‘three dirty points’ against Wolves

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp keenly insisted that there a lot of positives for his side to take from their 1-0 victory at Molineux against Wolves.

Nuno Santo’s Wolves got off to a promising start against the Reds and could have easily secured a penalty in the second minute when Alisson let slip a cross from Adama Traore and then made contact with Nelson Semedo but play was allowed to continue.

Although the hosts had a few openings, Klopp’s side got the first kill in stoppage time with their first shot on target. The front three combined well as Diogo Jota was fed the ball inside the area. His left foot shot zipped past Rui Patricio to find the bottom corner.

There wasn’t much to choose between the sides in the second half as both had decent openings. Stoppage time was extended considerably as a result of a collision between Patricio and Conor Coady, but Liverpool hung on gamely to secure their three points.

This is the Reds’ fifth away victory out of their last six games in all competitions. With this much-needed timely win, they are now up to sixth in the Premier League and sit five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with nine games to go.

Klopp told Sky Sports post-match, as cited by BBC Sport, that it was a “big fight” against Wolves on Monday night:

“It was an awful situation. I have spoken to Wolves staff, they are rather positive. It was a proper shock.”

As for his thoughts on the game:

“It’s all about the result. A big fight. If we want three dirty points, I’m fine with that. We had very good moments where we should have done better. Defensively the whole game was really good. I didn’t like the start, we weren’t active enough.

“We defended well, we counter-attacked. A lot of really good football moments. The goal we scored was beautiful. I thought the goalie would have saved it but it was in.

“A lot of good news tonight but most important, the three points.

“We want to go into the [international] break with a positive feeling and we have it.”