Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool’s performance against Manchester United ‘sensational’ as the league leaders dispatched of their fierce rivals at Anfield.
Manchester United actually started the game the better, though fell behind through Virgil van Dijk’s thumping 14th minute header, the Dutchman making the most of some poor defending at a corner.
The goal sparked Liverpool into life, and the unbeaten league leaders could easily have gone in at the break leading by far more, only for Roberto Firmino’s fine strike and Gini Wijnaldum’s effort to be chalked off for a foul and an offside respectively.
United did enjoy spells of dominance at the end of either half, only for Liverpool to seal their 21st league win of the campaign with the last kick of the game, Mo Salah latching onto an Alisson pass and finishing coolly past David De Gea.
Speaking afterwards, Klopp admitted that Salah’s 93rd-minute goal came as a ‘big relief’ after seeing his side produce some ‘super football’.
“I enjoyed the game a lot,” Klopp told Match of the Day. “I would have preferred we’re 2, 3, 4 -0 up after 60 minutes – [it would have been] good for nerves.
“We played sensational football. We could have scored more. We could have scored more and maybe should have scored more.
“Then United came back at the end of the first half. In the second half we created chances and played super football. But we’re not in business since yesterday – we know they would come back and they did.
“We scored the second goal and that was a big relief. From now on we have to get into the three-day rhythm. There’s tough period coming up.”