It’s been an excellent week for Jürgen Klopp and the Reds. The mid-week 3-0 victory against Maribor in the Champions League was followed today by a 4-1 win against an admittedly poor West Ham. Liverpool took a while to find their rhythm, but once Salah and Matip scored back-to-back goals, it became their game to lose.
Klopp was clearly gleefully excited to spend the entire post-match press conference reliving the highlights.
"The result, it feels good,” Klopp said. “We changed our approach, it was a counter-attacking line-up to use our speed from a deep situation. It was an open game [until Liverpool took the lead]. All things are good though, all things are promising. It was a fantastic counter attack for the first goal. Then the set piece, that’s two in two weeks, I’ve not had that before.”
Klopp was also keen to talk about the roles individual players had in the game: from Salah’s incredible runs to Mané’s surprising return.
“I am not surprised at his impact,” Klopp said about Salah. “We watched him so often, scouted him, he was the decision of all of us to sign. Everybody wanted him, we were sure we had to get him. It's really nice to have him in the team. He is a real goal threat."
On Mané: "We brought in Mané after one [training] session. I never did it before, to be honest, and it was not the worst idea I ever had! Mané is a naturally fit player, he could have played the 90 minutes after just one training session."
"I like to talk about Salah and Mane, but please do not forget about Firmino - what a performance. He was angry not to score!" Klopp added. For all those keeping score at home, Firmino was the recipient of a much-coveted Klopp kiss as he was substituted off.
"This week is a fantastic week,” Klopp concluded. “Two weeks ago at Wembley, I felt quite different, but we responded to that really well.”
We are headed into the drought of international break for the next two weeks and all of our biggest hope right now is that everyone (looking at you, Mané) comes back in one piece.