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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was happy for his team to "play ugly" "in an attempt to be the title of the Premier League challengers this season after eliminating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Monday.
Klopp does not want the team to get carried away but focus on their results every week.
Tom Farmery by Per MailOnline, he said:
"It's very early, I could not care less. We're not in a race with other Premier League teams every weekend. I was not sure 100% tonight in the first half we would have
"You have to play it that way as it is and be a real challenger, play bad, do all that kind of stuff. Our goal is to be a difficult opponent.
"It's too strong to say something after two days of competition: you can discuss what you want, do it without us."
The Reds took the lead of the half-time strike through a James Milner penalty. Although Aaron Wan-Bissaka is making his mark for the elimination of Mohamed Salah who scores in goal 75, Liverpool did not set aside the game until Sadio Mane scored injury.
"In these moments the fuel is really low and maybe the players need a little help from an angry manager – " run or I will kill you " – and they did it with a fantastic counterattack, "added Klopp.
The football writer Joel Rabinowitz was also impressed by Liverpool's ability to break away from a bend in the building:
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@thisisanfield Let's see even as now Liverpool are more likely to score points from opponents than the opposition. Van Dijk constantly wins the first header, and the teams are not able to reset in time before Mané & amp; Salah leaps forward and hits them during the break.
The clash was a potential banana peel for the reds against Roy Hodgson's hardy eagles, and even if they did not blow away Palace, it can still be useful to be able to grind out results from home.
BT Sport's Ian Darke heard so much:
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Building off an important first test of Liverpool's credentials. They passed the professionally exam.
After reaching the UEFA Champions League final last season and doing excellent business in the summer, the buzz around Liverpool's potential to win the title is likely to increase with every victory it has won.
Klopp's decision to minimize such aspirations at this stage could be a shrewd move, however.
Not only is the campaign in its infancy, but playing up to the status of loser can be an effective tactic to remove a little pressure – we have seen how he realized Claudio Ranieri driving Leicester City in 2016.
Liverpool could struggle to keep a losing tag later in the season if they are at the top of the standings, but for now Klopp is holding the feet on the ground and this could give positive results.