Wednesday 21 November 2018

Jubilant Jurgen Klopp has a word of caution for 'fantastic' Liverpool after rampant victory

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 14, 2018 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Jordan Henderson celebrate after the match. REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 14, 2018 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Jordan Henderson celebrate after the match. REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp urged his players to ‘stay angry’ as they completed a sparkling week with a fine 3-0 win against Bournemouth at Anfield.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have proved to be too hot to handle for nearly every opponent this season and so it proved again as the Cherries were blown away by Klopp’s rampant side.

It inspired Klopp to declare his side’s performance was 'perfect', coming just four days after they secured their place in the Champions League semi-finals by beating Manchester City.

"We have to stay angry," said Klopp.

"We play Bournemouth, the rest was a few days ago and I said a few times our whole lives is Champions League qualification, to finish in the top four, so these games are all so important.

"The danger in this game was so clear to see. After an outstanding week when everyone has been saying how good you are into the semi-finals. Today it felt like a parade with people in their cars using the horn, wow! If you lose this game, people say what happened?

"The way they did it was really impressive to be honest, controlling over 70 minutes in a way that is exceptional actually. We scored one but had chance after chance with really good football against a side full of confidence, good footballers, quick on the counter attack, which makes your life really uncomfortable.

"The boys did fantastic. It was a brilliant game. Bournemouth are confident and usually play more football than they could today because our pressing was outstanding.

"We scored fantastic goals, although it took a bit too long for the second but we scored fantastic goals. The last 10-15 minutes was intense but it was the perfect manner to play this game."

Klopp’s dynamic front three took their collective goal tally to a remarkable 82 in all competitions with this latest win, as Klopp praised the trio who continue to produce match winning displays week after week.

"Those three have been amazing, but this is a team effort," stated Klopp.

"There were a few pieces of football that were really good. We gave one or two chances away in the final few minutes and if you give one away it could be a different game. But mostly we controlled it and did really well. We have to fight until the end of the season and see where it gets us."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admitted his side had been outclassed, as they struggled to make any impact at Anfield.

"We played a very good team today, one of the best in Europe and they are showing that. It was a tough test, we learned a lot," said Howe.

"At half-time we were in the game but their second goal came out of the blue, the ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah’s header were unbelievable, we were kicking ourselves really because we always believed we could come back if there was one goal in it. That is the individual quality they possess, you won’t see a better goal this weekend, a real team goal.

"It gave us mountain to climb, we had chances after that, didn’t take them and the third goal I thought was unfair on us. We wanted to stay in the game and have a go at them late in the match, at 2-0 that is a lot more difficult. I was pleased there were signs we could compete but it came too late. We will go away and analyse this and find a way to do better next time."

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