Klopp delighted with Liverpool win over Hull City.

  • That was how football should be - Klopp on Hull thrashing.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his side's first-half performance after they smashed Hull Cuty 5-1 on Saturday.

The Reds boss said "that was how football should be" after his players ran riot over the Tigers at Hull City to make it their fourth win on the bounce.

Adam Lallana broke the deadlock early in the game before James Milner increased the deficit from the penalty spot after Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off for handball.

Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho also hit the target and another Milner penalty sealed the win for the Merseyside club. David Meyler scored for Mike Phelan's side in the second half - when Klopp's team were leading 3-0.

"All good. Actually, the first half was brilliant," said Klopp. "That was how football should be if you are able to do it. You have to show this.

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"In the first few minutes you could really see how strong Hull could be in counter-attacks – really good, really strong and difficult to defend. We showed it in analysis, but I saw there was a little bit of a surprise about the speed and power of Hull in these situations.

"Nothing happened and then we played football. We were really strong in possession, but the most impressive thing was the counter-pressing in the game, with this big number of possession.

"I think it was the best game in counter-pressing that we have played until now. That was very important, because we scored the goals right and all that stuff, but winning the ball back in these moments is so important and it becomes really difficult for the opponent to increase confidence."

Liverpool have scored 71 goals in the Premier League since Klopp's appointment in October 2015, more than any other side.

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"I was really pleased with the performance in the first half," Klopp added. "The second half was not [as] exciting, but still good, maybe not at 100 per cent concentration.

"I don't know how many times in my life, and I've had four or five hundred games as a manager, that I've won 5-1 in this kind of [way].

"It's all good and I don't want to criticise, but I think we could have done better in the second half, honestly. It was good, even in the second half, but not as good as it could have been. I am really happy – really happy.

"I'm quite a thankful person usually, so I am really thankful for the first half! In the second half, a little bit better would have been nice.

"We have a lot of things to improve and one of the things is if you are brilliant, you need to be brilliant for 95 minutes. We were brilliant first half and second half we were still good, but not brilliant anymore. It's all good and only my problem."

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