Former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke looks set to lead the line for Crystal Palace against the Reds tomorrow, with the forward having scored three Premier League goals so far this season, but Klopp expected his success…
“It’s no surprise. We knew about his qualities. Every player needs the space to develop and show things. The move made sense. Palace bought the player. In the last year he always showed his qualities, especially good at heading.
“We had to make decisions. I’m always honest. My door is always open. The agreement we have is work hard.”
Liverpool head into the weekend joint-top of the Premier League, alongside Arsenal and Manchester City – and the German has observed a feel-good factor around the club in recent weeks. “One reason for football is we can win together, we can lose sometimes together, but you can always have an optimistic view,” Klopp said.
“Maybe we had to change the minds of fans about the past, but while I don’t know too much about enthusiasm I feel there is a positive atmosphere in and around Melwood at the moment.”
Klopp said creating a positive atmosphere around the club was crucial to Liverpool realising their long-term ambitions. “It’s not cool when you always think about football that you’re 20% more upset, you should be feeling better. That’s our job to do,” he said. “Until now it’s worked somehow. It’s really, really intense even when football isn’t the most important thing.”