Jurgen Klopp masterminded another win over West Ham as Liverpool won their second game on the bounce with a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Prior to the game, the Hammers hadn’t lost in five Premier League matches.
A brace from Mohamed Salah and a goal from Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the three points.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp gave his assessment of the result.
It was a great game, a very professional game, very controlled against usually a flying side.
It was a game of two halves. Liverpool’s attack struggled to break down a resilient Hammers backline in the first period.
We didn’t create enough in the first half. We had three midfielders on the other side of the ball so Xherdan Shaqiri had to pass backwards.
However, Liverpool took the lead in the 57th minute through an excellent goal by top scorer Salah.
Ten minutes later, the Egyptian doubled their lead. The Man of the Match finished off a deadly counterattack to net his 15th league goal of the season.
Shaq I thought he passed the ball too early. What Mo [Salah] made of it was incredible. The first touch was unbelievable
Wijnaldum added a third, following a delightful build up from the Reds. Despite Craig Dawson slotting home late on, it was a mere consolation for the home side.
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Klopp also commented on Salah’s recent return of form: “He will never stop having a massive desire to score. World-class player, no doubt. He was super tonight. Really involved, kept the ball.”
The boss then addressed Joel Matip’s injury, sustained in Thursday’s victory against Tottenham: “With Joel, we don’t have the final [results].”
Klopp was then asked about Liverpool’s latest transfer target, Preston’s Ben Davies.
Nothing to say about it. Nat Phillips played really well, and Hendo too. So, nothing to say about it until something is done.
Despite a crucial win, Liverpool must now focus on defensive reinforcement ahead of tomorrow’s looming transfer deadline day.
Regardless of their recent drop in form, tonight’s win lifts Liverpool to third in the Premier League. Now in touching distance with Manchester City, next week’s game against the league leaders is all the more important.
These boys are a really good group. They’re not happy at not being successful, not winning, but they always have the right attitude.