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Klopp praises Liverpool ‘clinical and ruthless’ after 5-0 win

Jurgen Klopp greets his Liverpool ‘clinical and ruthless’ after their ‘exceptional’ 5-0 win over Manchester United … but the German is waiting for an update on Naby Keita’s injury

  • Jurgen Klopp praised his Liverpool side as ‘clinical and ruthless’ at Old Trafford
  • The German was elated full time after his team’s ‘exceptional’ performance
  • Klopp was particularly pleased with the quality of his team in the last third of the field.
  • He is left sweating from Naby Keita’s physical form after being taken out on a stretcher.


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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows his 5-0 beating of 10-man Manchester United was one of the history books, but he has yet to get a chance to assess the enormity of the result.

A hat-trick for Mohamed Salah, making him 15 in 12 appearances this season and the 10th straight game in which he has found the net, and goals from Diogo Jota and Naby Keita secured the biggest win over their archrivals at Old Trafford.

Salah’s hat-trick was the first a Reds player scored on the ground since Fred Howe in a 5-2 victory in November 1936, the club’s previous record.

Jurgen Klopp praised his Liverpool 'clinical and ruthless' after they defeated Man United

Jurgen Klopp praised his Liverpool ‘clinical and ruthless’ after they defeated Man United

Overjoyed visiting fans sang songs in celebration of the performance while taunting United, and Klopp couldn’t resist throwing his signature triple-fist punch on the final whistle as he initially seemed to think twice before leading to carry out the play in opponent’s territory.

While the Reds boss was unable to offer a valid assessment of where the result stood in his career, he said his team was “exceptional.”

‘I didn’t think about it yet. It’s a good day, a very good day. No idea (if it is one of the best). It’s a big one, ‘he said.

‘They told me it had never happened before in the history of LFC. This group always wanted to write their own chapter, so this was a little chapter tonight.

Klopp insisted his team was 'outstanding' heading into goal on a joyous day for the Reds

Klopp insisted his team was 'outstanding' heading into goal on a joyous day for the Reds

Klopp insisted his team was ‘outstanding’ heading into goal on a joyous day for the Reds

“People will talk about it in the future, 100% because it doesn’t happen very often.

“ We saw the game and we were lucky in two or three situations in the first half when United could have scored, they should have scored the first (which fell into the hands of Bruno Fernandes), but that does not make our performance less.

‘In front of the goal, in the last third, we were exceptional. Clinical and ruthless, the high press was outstanding, the training on top, all those things you want to see as a coach.

“The difference is that normally you don’t score in every situation and we did.”

However, the game was not without its drawbacks for Liverpool.

The German is sweating due to the physical state of Naby Keita after being removed on a stretcher

The German is sweating due to the physical state of Naby Keita after being removed on a stretcher

The German is sweating due to the physical state of Naby Keita after being removed on a stretcher

James Milner was forced to retire with an injury in the 27th minute, while midfielder Keita was carried on a stretcher after receiving a two-foot thrust from half-time substitute Paul Pogba, who was sent off.

Klopp is still waiting for Thiago Alcantara to return from five weeks out with a calf injury, while Fabinho missed the game with a minor knee problem, so his resources in that department are running low.

“Second half, early 5-0 and red card – the game is over, so control it and try to come home healthy,” he added.

“ I’m not 100% sure it worked because Millie is used to it and Naby is too. We have to see how bad it is. It’s very painful but we’ll see. ‘

Klopp also initially thought that Cristiano Ronaldo's challenge to Curtis Jones warranted a red card.

Klopp also initially thought that Cristiano Ronaldo's challenge to Curtis Jones warranted a red card.

Klopp also initially thought that Cristiano Ronaldo’s challenge to Curtis Jones warranted a red card.

Klopp also initially thought that Cristiano Ronaldo’s challenge to Curtis Jones at the end of the first half deserved a red card, but people who had seen TV reruns had persuaded him otherwise.

The United striker sent the midfielder to the ground with a wild swing of his right leg and then, with his frustration boiling over, he hit the ball that was positioned against his opponent’s abdomen on the ground.

“I saw it, of course, and it looked like a red card, but they told me he hit the ball or he didn’t hear the whistle,” Klopp said.

‘I don’t want Cristiano to get a red card. It looked (red) to me but they told me it wasn’t and that’s fine. ”

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