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Jurgen Klopp happy with 'sensational goals' against Leeds United.

Joyful Klopp happy with 'sensational goals' against Leeds United [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Joyful Klopp happy with 'sensational goals' against Leeds United [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Jurgen Klopp was full of joy after his Liverpool side ended their winless run and returned to winning ways against Leeds United, thrashing the West Yorkshire club 6-1 at Elland Road.

The Merseyside club had not registered a win since they beat arch-rivals Manchester United 7-0 at Anfield six weeks ago but on Monday night it was different as they slowly grew into the match in Leeds before destroying Javi Gracia's Whites.

Cody Gakpo broke the deadlock before Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota both scored twice and substitute Darwin Nunez wrapped up the win late in the game to keep Leeds United deep in a relegation battle.

Although the hosts were given hope just after the break when the score was 2-0, Luis Sinisterra dispossessed defender Ibrahima Konate before dinking the ball over goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

But that seemed to spark Klopp’s team to run riot over Leeds United with four sensational goals in the second half.

Colombia winger Luis Diaz made his first appearance since damaging his knee ligament back in October 2022.

All in all, it was a brilliant night for Klopp's side, who still sit in the eighth spot in the Premier League standings, one point behind seventh-placed Brighton, two shy of Aston Villa in sixth, and nine behind fourth-placed Newcastle United.

Best game Liverpool have played this season

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Liverpool manager Klopp said: "I think it's the best game we've played this season from all different perspectives and aspects of the game. I think we forced a lot of errors but it was a really good game, sensational goals and counter-pressing - it was the best game for long time. My favourite part was in the 92nd minute we chased the poor boy on the ball from Leeds. Really happy with that game."

When asked are Liverpool back, the German replied: "We have to see. We had a really good training week so I could have chosen four different line-ups. The boys enjoyed training this week because we had a lot of time training. Pretty much everything I saw in training I saw today. The second half against Arsenal was super important to us. We came back and we played a really good game in the second half and we built on it so it's super important. We have to do what we did tonight again and again."

Klopp also gave his thoughts on right back Alexander-Arnold playing as a midfielder during the game.

"Because it's Trent it's both [right-back and midfielder]. I think the goal for Darwin is an exceptional pass. He can be both but in general you are right we need to be better protected as well because we concede too many counter-attacks. Trent played a really good game but when we lost the ball the reaction was a lot different. All players we must be able to protect and for that the formations suits us much better."

On the improvement: "So it's a general thing. To play good football you need stability. The stability you only get from defending but when you are in this kind of negative flow, if we can use that, then you make wrong decisions. You think to play better you have to be foremost concerned with the offensive stuff. We can be super offensive-orientated if we react at the right moment. I can't explain why our counter-pressing didn't work but tonight it clicked. It clicked in the second half against Arsenal.

"The two challenges when we won the ball back we could play again. Tonight I'm not sure how many goals we scored after we won the ball back - that makes all the difference and I think we know that but there is always a bit of difference from knowing and understanding and really feeling it."

Are Liverpool pushing for the top four? Klopp asserted: "I think a little bit of a problem between this season and that season [when we finished third] is that they are a bit further away. Where we end up I don't know but it will go on after the season so we need all the games to understand. The games are super important If we can't get anything this season, then we have to build on good performances from this last part of the season.

"I have no clue if we can get close, but I don't think it's too important. I would like to see us with the same desire, the same passion, the same understanding that we showed tonight."

'Liverpool deserved the win'

Liverpool attacker Diogo Jota speaking to Sky Sports: "I think especially second half we played really well. We kept possession, we tried to find ourselves in good positions. We scored great goals and deserved the win.

"Finally [my first league goal of the season]. It has been a hard season for me, for the team and it was a great relief for me.

"It was a mix but good feelings. I always want to be involved. I did an assist in the first half but I like to score more."

And when quizzed about Liverpool's away form, Jota said: "Some games we looked really good and others we cannot really click, especially away from home. But that is in the past and we have to do games like this because we can.

"We have great results this season, great scorelines. So we have these results before but we just need to keep our feet on the ground and go onto the next one."

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