“ They looked like velociraptors in Jurassic Park! ”: Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders praises the Reds’ unbridled front line after crushing Man United 5-0 at Old Trafford.
- Liverpool broke into an emphatic 5-0 win over Man United at Old Trafford
- Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick, while Naby Keita and Diogo Jota scored early on
- The Reds sit in second place and Pep Lijnders claimed it is due to their ‘complete package’
- Jurgen Klopp’s team travels to Preston on Wednesday for the Carabao Cup
Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders has compared his attack led by Mohamed Salah to a ‘velociraptors at Jurassic Park’ after their 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United.
The Reds returned to second place following their emphatic victory at Old Trafford on Sunday, in which Salah scored a hat-trick and goals from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota added to their unbridled attack.
Liverpool have set early markers in their title campaign, including another 5-0 win at Vicarage Road, and No. 2 Jurgen Klopp has hailed his lethal front line and claimed his chances come from “ the whole package. ”
Mohamed Salah (right) completed his hat-trick with Liverpool’s fifth goal in the second half
At a press conference ahead of the Reds ‘Carabao Cup trip to Deepdale on Wednesday, Lijnders said:’ We’re shooting from everywhere!
But no, I think it has a lot to do with the way the team is playing, so you can never judge the score by how we move the ball from behind, it’s the whole package that creates.
‘Our forward players constantly get in good positions to score and then the quality of our three forwards, we said they looked like velociraptors in Jurassic Park and they try.
Naby Keita started Liverpool’s scoring run when he put the visitors 1-0 up in the fifth minute.
Diogo Jota added a second for the Reds eight minutes later to give them a comfortable lead
They are lethal and that is what we want, of course. So if he scores at the right times, these games against Manchester United are a great example of what can happen too. ”
Lijnders went on to insist that Liverpool’s success this period is not due to a change in training camp, but to a team in better shape after a long summer break and recovery from last season’s injury crisis.
‘Shall we change something? [in the summer]? No. We always just want to improve. ‘
Jurgen Klopp’s No. 2 (right) Pep Lijnders (left) claimed that they hadn’t changed anything in training.
“ Sometimes proving it is going back to basics and that’s what we did in the summer.
Also, the best players, and I think we have some, need a break after some emotional periods, many finals, many intense seasons.
‘It is good that they take a break because if you want to be consistent you have to respect the recovery and the recovery process and that is not only between games but seasons. Let it continue for a long time!
The Dutchman also provided an update on Naby Keita’s fitness following his forced retirement due to injury against United.
Keita’s injury does not appear to be as serious as initially feared after he was taken out on a stretcher.
The midfielder was forced to retire after a terrible red card tackle by United substitute Paul Pogba
Keita, whose career at Liverpool has been ruined by setbacks from injuries, was carried off on a stretcher after a terrible two-foot tackle from Paul Pogba.
But it seems that Keita’s injury is not as serious as initially feared, as he only suffered bruises from Pogba’s red card lunge.
“Sometimes we argue and complain about the referees and the VAR, but that’s why it’s there,” he said.
‘To protect the players. Fortunately, his foot wasn’t on the ground, it was just a bruise. ”