English Premiership

Klopp hails 'brave' Reds

2017-08-28 11:19
Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watched his players put in a memorable performance on Sunday as they thrashed Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Daniel Sturridge all scored as the Reds ran riot against the Gunners.

"We were very good, and so far we have learned from each game and built on it," Klopp told Sky Sports.

"If you give Arsenal time and space and opportunities then you've already lost before the game starts. We had to learn to feel the pain in the game but to ignore it.

"We made changes, and it was clear it would be hard. We defended really well with these wingers, and players like (Mane) and (Salah), they sometimes gamble a little bit because of their quality, speed and skills in offensive situations, and that made all the difference against Hoffenheim.

"We closed the spaces and were brave where Arsenal wanted to play in short spaces, it was overall a really good performance and well deserved. It's very important the clean sheet, with all the discussions about the defence. The result is the result of the performance."

It was the second game of the week in which the Reds found the net four times, following their 4-2 Champions League play-off victory over Hoffenheim in midweek.

"It was even better than against Hoffenheim, but it was already very good," Klopp added. "There was pressure on the boys and we wanted to show our desire to do something special and the boys did very well."


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