Klopp explains how Liverpool were ‘on fire’ against Leicester


Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool were ‘on fire’ in their 3-0 win over Leicester, but a new injury added to their problems.

Liverpool have set a new club record for a streak of unbeaten home games in the league. They are now unbeaten in 64 Premier League games in a row at Anfield.

They did it thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino after Jonny Evans headed for his own net.

Therefore, it was a convincing victory for the reigning champions, who moved jointly with Tottenham as a result.

Klopp even thought they could have won by a bigger margin – with Firmino missing a few chances before he finally got his goal, for example.

“We deserved it,” Klopp said Sky Sports. “The boys played an incredible game against a top level, top level opponent.

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“I don’t take things like that for granted. The boys were on fire when it came to football.

“The front line defended very well. We should have scored more goals.

“I like the overall performance – the result and the blank sheet. We defended incredibly well.

“The front line hasn’t played together too often, but how they did it today wasn’t bad.”

Klopp impressed with reaction to injuries

Liverpool entered the game missing many of their key players, especially in defense. The bench had a very youthful feel, as the Reds tried to navigate the tie with an exhausted squad.

They did so successfully, but received another injury when Naby Keita had to leave in the second half.

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Klopp admits this makes the situation even more sticky for his team – but insists any youngster he calls up is good enough to cover.

He added to Match of the day: “This is what we expect of ourselves, the injuries were a huge shock at that point but the boys have to come up with solutions. We have half-centers, they are really young. They are not experienced, you saw the bench tonight.

“It’s a tough situation and when Naby (Keita) leaves with a muscle injury you know the problems won’t go away.

“The boys know that when they are allowed to train with us, they have the quality to do it, we don’t give tickets for training, you have to qualify with talent and skill. It’s a difficult school, there are a lot of steps to be taken.

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“We have to make sure we recover, but Naby’s injury didn’t help at all.”

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Overall, however, he might be more than happy with their work for the day, preventing him from picking a favorite look.

“We scored three goals and didn’t concede one, we defended exceptionally well, controlled the game.

“There were a lot of good things, I can’t pick one that I liked the most – maybe James Milner’s performance at right-back. He played an exceptional game, first there and then in midfield.

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