Jurgen Klopp "Really Happy" as Liverpool Win at West Brom, Move Third

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Jurgen Klopp is delighted with Liverpool's win over West Brom, calling the Hawthorns one of the toughest places to visit.

Liverpool have not won at a club managed by Tony Pulis in 12 matches, so today's 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion was no doubt a major triumph. Liverpool is nine points ahead of fifth-placed Everton with five games remaining, with Manchester United and Arsenal further back but with games in hand.

In second-half stoppage time, West Brom sent goalkeeper Ben Foster up for a corner but Liverpool claimed possession.

It was Liverpool's first win in eight attempts away at a Pulis side in the Premier League following Firmino's first-half victor on Sunday. We played really well from the first second. "Next week we try at Anfield to get 69, and let's carry on. It's a hard place to come but that doesn't make us more happy", he said.

"You can always do better, but we learned in the game and I liked it a lot that the second half looked better tuned than the first".

"It's really three very important points at a hard place and that's improved our base for the rest of the season, so I'm happy about this".

"I said "it is already a good week for you, it could have been perfect". "I am really happy about the performance".

The manager's reasoning was that if his players could deal with the ball in the air as it swirled about in the wind, they would be able to handle anything West Brom threw at them.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet preserved the points with a crucial save, denying Matt Phillips in a one-on-one situation, and Klopp praised his all-round contribution. In all our plans it was "no set-pieces, no set-pieces, no set-pieces".

"He was really lively, front-footed, all that stuff".

Moreno fired wide from distance instead of playing a pass, but Klopp explained: "I told him after the game: 'I know everyone thinks you can play in Daniel Sturridge, but actually he would have been offside'". Maybe then I would have felt okay, but now it's done.

"He's a good boy, really. We defended well. We scored one goal and that was enough".

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent.

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