Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: Jürgen Klopp’s reaction

Jürgen Klopp reflected on ‘a nearly perfect night’ after Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday.

The Reds produced a dominant performance versus Jose Mourinho’s team to return to the top of the table and extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League season to 17 matches.

Sadio Mane’s superb finish put Klopp’s side ahead in the 24th minute, but United drew level before half-time thanks to Jesse Lingard.

However, Xherdan Shaqiri struck twice in the space of nine minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to secure a deserved victory.

Read on for a transcript of Klopp’s post-match press conference…

On how pleased he was with his players…

Very! Very, very, very. The brilliant start was one of the best performances we had since I’m in Liverpool, to be honest, not only this season. The first half an hour was outstanding, outstanding. We scored only once but I don’t think anyone expects to score three, four, five times or whatever. How we played was just perfect, really. We tried to pass in the right areas, we accelerated, we wanted the ball back, we played in behind the line, stuff like that. It was just good. Then after half an hour we lost the momentum of the game a little bit, they scored and it was a bit more open. I had no problem with the half-time whistle, honestly, and then we could adjust a few things. It was not that I thought then that Untied was manning the game or whatever, but it was just a bit more open. Then they changed and when Fellaini is on the pitch it is never a good sign for the other team, to be honest, because these balls are really difficult to defend. But we did even that really well tonight. So, we stayed in the game, got the dominance back step by step and then Shaq closed the game. Unbelievable, it’s really nice and I think absolutely deserved tonight. You need a bit of luck, what we needed for both goals with the deflections, but bringing the situations, having these moments, that was football, huh? The first goal: what a goal, what a goal. It was brilliant and exactly like they have to do it – fantastic pass, super control and a fantastic finish, that’s how it should be. It was a nearly perfect night for us.

 

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