Jurgen Klopp: What really pleased me about Liverpool’s stalemate

The Liverpool manager was pleased with the concentration that his players showed at St Mary's on Saturday

Jurgen Klopp has praised his Liverpool players for keeping their concentration and avoiding a defeat in Saturday’s stalemate at Southampton.

The Merseyside outfit were left frustrated in their pursuit of a third successive Premier League victory in difficult conditions at St Mary’s.

Liverpool registered 15 shots on target but couldn’t find a way past England and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster on the south coast.

The Reds endured a similar experience at Turf Moor in their second game of the 2016-17 season as Klopp’s side suffered a 2-0 loss to Burnley.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager was pleased that his Liverpool players were able to avoid suffering an unjust defeat against the Saints given their dominant performance.

“Second half, [we showed] a good reaction and it was a concentration battle: who loses concentration first will lose the game,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.

“We didn’t lose it, they were waiting for the moment and we didn’t give this moment away.

“Even when they had a counter-attack with a runner, maybe Redmond, we came with four players and really were ready to help each other, that’s great. That’s what we can use for the next games.

“We only got one point but the attitude would have been enough for more and if we can keep this attitude it will be good.”

Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and a point adrift of leaders Chelsea after 12 games.

The 18-time English champions will host Premier League strugglers Sunderland in their next top-flight game at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

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Klopp’s side finished in eighth place in the top flight last term.

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