Liverpool - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is not
interested in the individual goal tallies of his attacking players because they
will all get opportunities to find the net.
Two goals from Roberto Firmino and one each from Philippe
Coutinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain helped Liverpool
to an emphatic 5-0 win over Swansea City at Anfield.
The victory ensured Liverpool remain in the thick of the
battle for the Champions League places in fourth spot - five points behind second-placed
Brazilian duo Coutinho and Firmino were both particularly
influential in the Boxing Day win at Anfield.
However, Klopp preferred to extol the virtues of the
collective efforts of his players rather than single out individuals.
Klopp said: "I am happy for all the boys when they
score but I couldn't say how many he has, or how many he has, I don't care.
"That is not in my interest. If we play like we play in
our good moments then the boys will be in good situations. They will all score.
"Sadio Mane didn't play here but he will score if we
play like this, if we bring the different players in the different moments in
the different situations.
"When you see the result is 5-0 that it was an easy
game but it wasn't an easy game. It was really hard work, I've no problem with
"I'm really happy with what we learned from the game.
It is a perfect result for us, nobody injured I don't think. Important three
points, five goals, clean sheet so it's all good."
Klopp withdrew Firmino in the 68th minute and the German
explained that he did so with one eye on a hectic period of games over the
festive period even though Firmino, who has scored six in in his last seven
games, wanted to remain on the pitch.
"You could see he wasn't the happiest in the stadium
when I took him off but at least I have to stay reasonable or serious because
there are a lot of games to come," Klopp said.
"I appreciate Roberto's effort and performance always
and I am happy that he scored twice but I could not say how many he has scored
so far in the season.
"I feel he is always involved and always in and around
the dangerous situations for the opponents. In the first half he was right full
back, he was left full back, he was everywhere. At the end he scored two goals
so that's nice, very nice."
Klopp also revealed that captain Jordan Henderson and
left-back Alberto Moreno, both absent from the win over Swansea through injury,
will miss forthcoming fixtures against Leicester City and Burnley.
Swansea caretaker manager Leon Brittan, who expects to be in
charge for their next game with Watford as no managerial appointment is
imminent, felt his players were guilty of making fundamental errors at Anfield.
"The second half after conceding a goal all belief and
confidence drained from the players," he said.
"We made a lot of errors, basic mistakes, and you do it
against a team of Liverpool's quality you get punished. We are bottom of the
league and confidence is low. It's unacceptable."