February 27, 2019 / 11:40 PM / 9 months ago

Soccer-Klopp tells Liverpool to keep up their brilliance

LIVERPOOL, England, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp hailed his side’s scintillating 5-0 demolition of Watford on Wednesday and urged them to maintain that quality as they chase their first title in the Premier League era.

“That was a really fantastic football game, I’m really happy for the boys because they deserve it so much,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s excellence at Anfield saw the leaders keep their one point advantage over Manchester City in the title race.

“It’s a very good example of how football should look, let’s try to do it again and again,” he added, praising the whole team from goalkeeper Alisson, who made two fine second-half saves, to their “unplayable” striker Mohamed Salah.

“We were really fluent offensively tonight. It was exactly the game I wanted because we won five-nil and everyone played really well,” enthused Klopp.

The German coach said he was delighted with his players’ reaction after two 0-0 draws against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Manchester United in the Premier League.

“It’s always about showing reactions ... We want to play like this every day. That’s maybe sometimes possible and sometimes a bit less.”

The champions Manchester City made rather harder work of gleaning their three points on Wednesday in a 1-0 win over West Ham United but Klopp said he was not concerned by events at the Etihad Stadium.

“It’s not that I go in the dressing room and somebody tells me the result and I get a heart attack. It’s a normal thing, if you’re top of the table, it’s pretty likely the contenders all win, that’s how it is. I didn’t think about it to be honest.”

Klopp was full of praise for goalscorers Mane and Virgil van Dijk, who both struck twice, and Divock Origi yet he reserved special praise for Salah, who hit the post and tormented Watford’s defence all night with his dribbling.

“How Mo played ... come on, it’s unbelievable, he was unplayable tonight,” Klopp said. “I probably forgot somebody, but it was just an all-round top performance.” (Reporting by Andrew Cawthorne and Oliver Cawthorne; editing by Ian Chadband)

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