Thursday 22 August 2019

'What a number that is' - Jurgen Klopp gives his verdict as Liverpool break the 90-point barrier

Quickfire goals from Keita and Mané send Liverpool on their way to 5-0 rout of Huddersfield

Sadio Mané soars into the air to head home Liverpool’s second goal on their way to a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town last night. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Sadio Mané soars into the air to head home Liverpool’s second goal on their way to a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town last night. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jubilant Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his "amazing" players, as his team moved on to 91 points and back to the top of the Premier League after a 5-0 rout of Huddersfield at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané both scored twice as the Reds moved two points clear at the summit, and while Manchester City are still in the driving seat in a thrilling title race, Klopp was quick to hail his side's consistency as they maintained their challenge with another emphatic victory. City will retain the Premier League title if they win their final three Premier League matches, but Klopp insisted he was not focused on his title rivals as they won their 16th home game of the season.

"All in all, it was great, a really brilliant performance," declared Klopp. "Composure and everything that you need was there. So really happy.

"It's obviously an outstanding group of players, who did well against a Huddersfield side who are much better than this result shows. They had proper counter-attacks so we needed to be patient and we scored wonderful goals.

"To have 91 points is just fantastic. What a number that is and if we get to the end of the season and another team have more points, you just have to accept they were better."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson suggested his side deserve credit for keeping pace with City in a title race that has seen both teams at the top turn in a flawless run of results over the last couple of months.

"It was another brilliant performance," said Henderson. "Teams that have been relegated can be dangerous because they have nothing to lose and they go out and play, but we got a great start. We scored some fantastic goals and kept a clean sheet so it was a good night.

"We are looking forward to the Barcelona trip. It's a tough place to go but we have a great belief in ourselves and we are looking forward to showing what we can do."

Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson was equally philosophical when asked about Liverpool's title hopes, as he turned his thoughts to Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final.

"We don't expect anything but all we can do is keep winning games and putting pressure on City," said Robertson. "If they win their games, they'll win the league, but if they slip up we have to keep the pressure on. We're onto 91 points and normally that's enough to win the league, I think it's going to take 97 or 98 and that's incredible. We've fought the whole way, but whoever falls short will be gutted. But it's something we can be proud of and I'm not sure we could have done any more.

"Now we look forward to Barcelona. This club wants to be in big games and we can all think about that massive game now."

Klopp also confirmed that he hopes to have Roberto Firmino back for Wednesday's trip to Barcelona, as he played down rumours his Brazilian forward had picked up a serious injury in training.

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