Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his team’s performance as ‘brilliant’ following their 5-1 win over Hull City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and two penalties from James Milner gifted Liverpool all three points in what was only their second game at Anfield this season due to construction works.
The result marked a third consecutive league win for Klopp and sees the club move up to third place following impressive displays against Leicester City and Chelsea.
In what was a rampant first half showing by the Reds, Klopp was eager to hail his players after their electric opening to the game.
“[The] first half was brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” Klopp told talkSPORT.
“All what we did was exactly how it should be in a game like this. We had wonderful build-up, wonderful movement, good passing game and different options in and around the box.
“We scored our goals like this but maybe we played the best counter-pressing we’ve played since I’ve been here. In a game like this you need it – you really need it.
“The second half was not as exciting anymore – that’s how football is. We are all only human beings and concentration was not 100 per cent anymore and so we conceded a goal after a set-piece. All the rest was really good, [it was] a deserved win and really important to us.”
One player who has perhaps benefitted the most from Klopp’s guidance has been Adam Lallana. The midfielder was linked with a summer move away from Anfield but Klopp said he always had a plan for him.
“I never had a doubt about Adam for a second in my eyes. I can remember when he came into my office and told me: ‘I don’t score enough goals.’ And of course we changed our style of play. We have different movements, so we have these players in and around the dangerous zone: in the box, the last third – decisive things – doing the simplest things until you are there.”
Manchester City lead the way at the top of the Premier League but Liverpool have been mentioned as a genuine contender to fight the Citizens under Klopp.
However, the Liverpool manager was quick to play down any talk of the title as he seeks to reach the consistency levels that made him one of Europe’s most wanted coaches during his time at Borussia Dortmund.
“Nothing [has] happened until now, but we said before the game that we were in a good shape. It is much better to be there than being on the other end of the table but the only pressure we have is the pressure we make ourselves.
“That is not only saying, I want to see this [pressure] 100 per cent because we have nothing else to do! It’s a good moment for us, but we need to keep on going because there is no alternative for us.”