Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp was encouraged by his side’s incredible performance in beating Norwich City 4-1 to kick off the 2019-20 Premier League season on Friday night. Four first-half goals carried the Reds to three points at Anfield as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi struck after Grant Hanley first put through his own net.
Teemu Pukki netted for the Canaries, who tested Klopp’s side on the opening night, but the home team held firm to start the campaign in style.
Jurgen Klopp who led the Reds to European triumph in June spoke to the press after the game in his mandatory press conference and revealed his thoughts on the game.
On the performances of his players and the quality of the game, he said: “Good. For a long part of the game, really good. I think the first 60 minutes were pretty impressive. If you are surprised that Norwich use little moments for being dangerous as well, I’m not – that’s how they are.”
“That’s really good and still for 60 minutes, we did what we had to do. We could have scored more, especially after half-time and that would maybe then impress the opponent a bit more.”
“They were not really fussed about the [scoreline]; they stayed cheeky, they stayed lively, they did what they wanted to do, they changed offensively.” the Liverpool boss continued.
Jurgen Klopp also reserved praise for his counterpart in the Norwich dugout, Daniel Farke who led the Canaries to the Championship title last season and helped secure promotion to the Premier League.
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“I have to say, biggest respect for what Daniel [Farke] is doing there with the boys. [It’s] a very interesting and exciting team. That’s how they scored the goal because we lost a little bit of concentration.”
“If you are under pressure you have no physical issues in a game like this but we were not really under pressure and then you lose a little bit of momentum, then we had the problem that we lost balls in the wrong moments. ”
“They had their pretty risky formation and used that, but we were not really in danger, they were just good in a lot of moments,” the former Dortmund manager revealed.
“So we had to defend a couple of times in the last moment. Passion makes a difference in these moments, that’s what you have to show and I liked a lot the work-rate we put in and the respect we showed them.”
“There’s actually nothing bad to say about the game apart from Ali’s injury,” Jurgen Klopp concluded.
Liverpool continues their season on Wednesday with a UEFA Super Cup clash against Premier League rivals Chelsea at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul.