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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased with his side’s 4-1 win over champions Leicester on Saturday at Anfield, saying that this is how he wants his team to perform in every game.
The Reds took the lead in the 13th minute through Roberto Firmino. Sadio Mane extend the lead in the 31st minute before Leicester snatched one back through Jamie Vardy after a huge error by a Liverpool defender in the 38th minute. England international Adam Lallana restored the two-goal lead in the 56th minute with a real screamer before Firmino capped things off with his second of the game with one minute remaining of regular time.
Klopp was impressed with what he saw from his team, and wants the players to keep the same level of play throughout the rest of the season.
“It’s a really exciting moment,” Klopp said. “We were here Thursday night for training because I thought it made sense that we show the new Main Stand to the boys earlier so we didn’t come in and be shocked because it’s really so different, it’s so nice, so big. We’re all football players and we all love wonderful stadiums. It was really good but we knew we had a job to do today and that’s what we did, against a strong opponent.
“It was a deserved win, we were physically strong, we were clear, we were hard, flexible, quick, creative – all that stuff. We scored wonderful goals… and conceded a not-too-wonderful goal! We had a few minutes when you saw what can happen in a football game – West Ham were 2-0 up today and lost 4-2 so that sort of thing can happen, not only here. At halftime I told the boys ‘This is our challenge’, because when we are good we are really good.
“This is our challenge, not only today, for the whole season. Today we had a wonderful opportunity to show it [that the team have learned from coming through difficult moments] and we did it. Leicester are really difficult to play against. It’s not about pressing, it’s about the second balls.”