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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Everything was good against Crystal Palace.

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

Manager of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp delighted with big win over Crystal Palace [Getty]
Manager of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp delighted with big win over Crystal Palace [Getty]

Jürgen Klopp said it was ‘one of the better days in our lives’ after Liverpool recorded a stunning 7-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The Reds maintained their spot at the top of the Premier League table and ensured they’d be sitting at the summit on Christmas Day following their display at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Takumi Minamino broke the deadlock within three minutes as the Japan international fired home his first league goal for the champions.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino increased the lead, with Palace creating a handful of opportunities which they were unable to convert.

The Merseyside club didn't hold back after the break as Jordan Henderson beautifully finished off Trent Alexander-Arnold's pass to complete the fourth just before Firmino registered goal number five.

Egypt forward maestro Mohamed Salah came off the bench to round up the win as he found the net with a close-range header and a magnificent long-range strike.

Afterwards, Klopp praised his Reds' display in south London, adding that they'll immediately channel their focus to next weekend’s fixture against relegation battlers West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

The German said as quoted: "It was a good day. The counter-attacks they had, we defend that. As far as [I know], nobody picked up any injuries or not little or bigger ones. I hope that's still the case when I arrive again in the dressing room. From that, really one of the better days in our lives and we will take that with us, try to recover and go again.

"Everything is pleasing; everything is good about this game. Overcoming the difficult problems in the first half with [their] counter-attacks, fighting really hard to avoid a goal there and then on the other side, really top football, top finishing. Keeping the ball in the right way, using the positioning, filling the match plan with life.

"The boys did really well, it was really difficult to play against us today, I would say. And then today they obviously all wore their finishing boots it looked like and when you have that it is really tricky. That's the reason for the result. That didn’t happen for us before and unfortunately, it will not happen a lot, but it’s a funny season – we lost 7-2 and now we won 7-0, so at least we could cancel out a little bit of the goal difference."

When asked how satisfied he is with their title defence so far, the 53-year-old replied: "I don't feel satisfaction or whatever. I am happy in the moment, absolutely, because it was just a top game, but it makes no sense to be over the moon about something but the challenges don't get smaller.

"For the first time now in what feels like ages we don't play Tuesday again. I think Crystal Palace felt today a little bit how hard it is to play Wednesday and then Saturday at 12.30 pm immediately again – it is tough and it was tough for us as well.

"I don’t think really about being top of the table or whatever, we are just happy we won the game and now we have more time to recover than we ever had before in this season. We have to use that in a smart way and then West Brom is waiting for us with Sam Allardyce in the next proper challenge."

Klopp also gave his thoughts behind not starting Salah, who scored a brace after coming off the bench.

He said: "It's just the first time for a while that we have the opportunity to do something like this. We played Sunday-Wednesday, so we needed fresh legs today.

"So Joel could come in, Naby could come in and then we had to think about how we can deal with that in the first line and Mo played the last four games, so a massively intense period.

"So it was clear it will be him. Then usually you would expect in a game like this against Crystal Palace – the result recently between us and them were always pretty tight – so bringing him in the last half an hour, I thought it's a good idea. We did that, by the way, but it was not exactly the scenario we would have expected, of course. That's it."

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