Jürgen Klopp thrilled with Liverpool’s improvement
‘It was just an all-round good performance and a really deserved win’
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp congratulates Mohamed Salah after his two goals against Southampton. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
Jürgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s improvement after they eased to a 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield.
Anfield was a jittery place after a run of one win in six Premier League games but, three straight victories later, the mood has noticeably shifted.
The result saw Liverpool close to within one point of fourth-placed Tottenham, and Klopp was a very satisfied man.
He said: “Southampton are a really good football team. We had these moments not too often so far this season. You need these goals and thank God in a moment we score them. That makes all the difference.
“I’m really happy about the defending, the whole team and especially the last line was really strong. It was just an all-round good performance and a really deserved win, and for us of course very important.
“It pushed the top of the table a little bit together. We are still in, that’s good. [Manchester] City is obviously flying around pretty alone. We cannot change that but we can make pressure on all the others and that’s what we did today.
“We have to build on our experiences that we made so far in the season. We played all kinds of teams, all kinds of styles. There was only one game that was really bad, and that was Tottenham.
“We used these experiences. We have a much better protection, I hope we can keep that, it’s a big part of not getting nervous in a game. It looked much more mature and that’s very important for us.”
Salah has scored 15 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions following a €42 million move from Roma in the summer, including eight in his last six games.
His first goal was a sublime curling finish while his second saw him time his run perfectly through the Southampton defence to get on the end of Coutinho’s delightful pass.
“He’s in a good moment,” said Klopp. “It’s good for us. The first one, that’s not a real chance, fantastic goal; second goal, fantastic play, outstanding for the pass.
“I’m pretty sure Phil played a few more of these passes already in his life but when somebody gets it in the box and is not offside, that’s quite rare.”
While it was all smiles for Liverpool, Southampton offered little as a attacking threat and have now won just once in seven games.
Boss Mauricio Pellegrino said: “I think we started well, the first half an hour. But we made a couple of mistakes that against this type of team you cannot.
“After the second goal, it was really difficult for us to come back into the game. We know that we are in a difficult moment and now we have to react because in the Premier League every single team is really difficult.”