Liverpool took a comfortable 5-1 win over newcomers Hull City on Saturday at Anfield, much to the delight of manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool took command of the game right from the start, with Adam Lallana opening up the scoring in the 17th minute. Things got worse for Hull in the 29th minute when Ahmed Elmohamady was shown a red card for handball as he blocked a shot that was heading into the back of the net with his hand. James Milner scored on the ensuing penalty, and Sadio Mane made it 3-0 before the end of the first half.
David Meyler pulled one back for the Tigers in the 51st minute, but Philippe Coutinho scored a beautiful goal just two minutes later to put Liverpool back up by three. Milner scored again from the penalty spot in the 71st minute to round up the scoring. Klopp was pleased to have picked up a third straight win in the league.
All good. Actually, the first half was brilliant,” Klopp said. “That was how football should be if you are able to do it. You have to show this. In the first few minutes you could really see how strong Hull could be in counter-attacks – really good, really strong and difficult to defend. We showed it in analysis but I saw there was a little bit of a surprise about the speed and power of Hull in these situations. Nothing happened and then we played football. We were really strong in possession today.
“But the most impressive thing today was the counter-pressing in the game, with this big number of possession. I think it was the best game in counter-pressing that we have played until now. That was very important, because we scored the goals right and all that stuff, but winning the ball back in these moments is so important and it becomes really difficult for the opponent to increase confidence.”
Liverpool sits in fourth place in the Premier League standings with 13 points.