Liverpool advanced to the knockout rounds of the Champions League by topping their group and are setting a scintillating pace in the Premier League, but manager Jürgen Klopp doesn’t think this side has shown its best or found its limits yet.
“Of course there are limits and we have to work hard to achieve what we want,” he told reporters following the match when asked if this is a side playing at its peak after handily outplaying Red Bull Salzburg en route to an unexpectedly comfortable 2-0 victory.
The main goal, though, is to continue to play solid football and to find ways to keep racking up the victories—though the defensive uptick that has seen back-to-back road clean sheets after a stretch of relative defensive struggle has certainly been a positive.
In the end, though, while it’s been nice to see Liverpool comprehensively sweep aside a pair of opponents in Bournemouth and now Salzburg, what matters given the Reds’ position is that they win. Just win. How and how good they look doing it doesn’t much matter.
“We wanted to move on to the next knockout phase, that was important,” Klopp added, “and it wasn’t our expectation to be leader in the Premier League in December but it’s great to be there. Now we need to use everything and we need to work very hard.
“Yes, there are limits but if the boys play like this then it makes it easier for us but they have to be ready and try to achieve their goals always like they did tonight.”