Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he told his Liverpool stars to ‘play better’ at half-time after the Reds scored five goals to down Manchester United in style on Sunday afternoon. Naby Keita and Diogo Jota found the target early on to give the visitors a quick-fire advantage before Mohamed Salah completed a wonderful hat-trick to cap off a ruthless team performance at Old Trafford.
Liverpool were at their brilliant best from the very first whistle, with United well off the pace even with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line in attack.
The result marked the first time the Red Devils had lost by such a margin against Liverpool since 1895 and piled even more pressure on under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, it could not have been a better showing from the visitors, who maintained their unbeaten run in the Premier League and moved to within a point of early leaders Chelsea in the process.
Klopp was understandably beaming with delight at the full-time whistle and was spotted celebrating wildly with Liverpool’s travelling support in the immediate aftermath of proceedings.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, the German boss gave due credit to his players but insisted that he was not fully satisfied with their first-half performance despite going in with a four-goal advantage.
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“What can I say? Did I expect that? No,” said Klopp.
“What we did in the last third was insane. Pressing high, winning balls, scored wonderful goals.
“I told them at half-time to play better. We started incredibly well and stopped playing football. We controlled the game after the fifth, it was not about scoring more, just trying to get out without more injuries.
“The result is insane, I asked if there was one like this in history and if there isn’t then it will take a while. The players put a nice piece in the book.
“It is special but we don’t celebrate like crazy, we have respect for the opponents. We were lucky in some moments, United are not in their best moment.”
Salah, who has already scored 17 goals in all competitions this season, was undoubtedly the star of the show for Liverpool as they ripped United apart on their own patch.
Klopp went on to single out the Egyptian maestro for special praise, underlining his desire to keep the winger at Anfield for as long as possible.
“The fifth goal, Mo was there to get the goals and he deals with the fuss that everyone makes around him,” added the Reds boss.
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“He enjoys his football and long, long, long, may it continue. I knew already [he wants to end his career at Liverpool], I know the situation.
“Three points against a real opponent but you have to understand these games right. We got lost against Aston Villa and you have to learn off it.
“We smashed Crystal Palace once and the results are not interesting. I analyse the games, we can play better football and have to concentrate more.
“5-0, I couldn’t be happier, it is exceptional. Absolutely outstanding.
“I have a few defeats in my mind which was not necessary, but we won today so we drink beer on the way home.”