Jürgen Klopp delighted with ‘ugly’ Liverpool’s win at Crystal Palace

• Manager hails team’s strength in face of Palace bombardment
• Roy Hodgson incensed at soft penalty award

Jürgen Klopp praised Liverpool for playing “ugly” to squeeze their way beyond Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and maintain their winning start to the new season with his opposite number, Roy Hodgson, left seething at the penalty award that left the hosts playing catch-up.

Liverpool, inspired by the excellent Virgil van Dijk, weathered the second-half revival Palace had mustered until being reduced to 10 men and secured a second successive clean sheet to prevail despite offering only glimpses of their attacking best. “You have to play it as it is and be a real challenger, play ugly, do all that type of stuff,” said Klopp of his team’s display. “Our target is to be a difficult opponent. We did that.

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