The Liverpool boss spoke highly of the former Hoffenheim star during his pre-match press conference on Friday, saying he was the ‘perfect’ Rondon replacement, and he’s
Here’s what he’s had to say when reflecting on the game, claiming the 23-year-old is ‘100% made for the Premier League’ and a ‘really good signing’ for Newcastle United:
“Joelinton did outstanding – He is 100% made for the Premier League.
“If you had to replace Rondon, which is already difficult, then that was a good choice.
“He was a really good signing.
Some well deserved praise for Joelinton.
He didn’t get many clear chances, but his hold up play was impressive when up against two big centre-backs, giving us a platform to build on and real presence up top.
Klopp also believes we have a ‘really interesting’ mixture of attackers – despite Rondon and Perez’s exits – feeling we have good options all over the pitch and will be a ‘tricky’ team to play for everyone this season:
“If you lose Ayoze Perez and Rondon, and you are playing with Joelinton, Atsu and when he is not injured Saint-Maximin, if they want to play that way, they have the people for it.
“It is really interesting.
“They had to replace Sean Longstaff and Jonjo Shelvey came on, they also have Ki on the bench, so they have options.
“It will be tricky for everybody to play against them.”
It was disappointing to see us lose 3-1 after us taking an early lead and frustrating Liverpool for the opening 25 minutes, but we didn’t disgrace ourselves against the Champions League
Here’s what Klopp had to say about their ‘struggle’ to break us down, feeling we stayed in the game well considering the ‘brilliant’ football Liverpool played in the second half:
“We played the tempo they wanted us to play, and it doesn’t make sense (for Liverpool).
“The 5-4-1 system is made for struggle.
“You can’t set the rhythm or tempo, and we didn’t in the first 25 minutes.
“They scored a wonderful goal and it was exactly the plan they had.
“They’ve done that in other games.
“The way they do it is good, they get balls in behind.
“Joelinton is so demanding.
“There are one on one situations and the two wingers are so quick.
“It’s really smart, and even the wing-back Willems was involved by scoring a sensational goal.
“It took us 25 minutes to find our feet and set the tempo and our equaliser changed everything.”
“In the second half we played wonderful football but STILL Newcastle stayed in the game.
“At 3-1 they didn’t change their plan.
“At 3-1 the game wasn’t decided with 15 minutes to go.
“If they’d scored one, then it would be really tricky.”
High praise from Jurgen Klopp, however we’ll have to turn these positives into three points when Brighton come to town town on Saturday.
A huge game and one that will define our start to the season, with these being the sort of games we’ll to win.