4 talking points from Jurgen Klopp’s post-Leeds press conference
From Joel Matip’s brilliant Goal to the inevitable talks of the title race, Jurgen Klopp had alot to speak on with the media after Liverpool’s emphatic 6-0 victory.
Here are the four talking points from the Reds boss after the emphatic 6-0 win over Leeds:
1) Those fist pumps
There was a real show of emotion from Klopp after the final whistle, with his usual three fist pumps toward the Kop instead going on eight.
It’s not often these days that Klopp really lets loose and he admitted as much post-match, but it’s a sight we love to see at a time when there is everything to play for.
“If it would’ve been 10 seconds later, I wouldn’t have done it but in that moment I got a little bit carried away and it doesn’t happen too often anymore,” Klopp said of his celebrations.
“Absolutely fine for the moment and I really love how the whole stadium responded to the game and how we really were in the game as a unit.
“I couldn’t be more thankful for the support of the people because so many things happen only because of them. I’m really that from time to time we can give them a performance and a scoreline like tonight.”
2) ‘We don’t chase City, we try to win’
The victory made it so the gap at the top became just three and while it is a significant step, Klopp was quick to say points counting is not at the forefront of his mind, only winning games.
“Honestly, we don’t try to chase City, we try to win our football games,” he said.
“The thing is now we, obviously, have the cup final at the weekend and City plays I don’t know who [Everton] and will probably win, then it’s six points again before we play the next Premier League game.”
The Anfield outfit now does not have a league game until March 5, but City will have only played one game at that point with their next coming the day after against Man United.
3) The defence
It was rock solid, Alisson’s scare aside, and it made for the 22nd clean sheet of the season and while the six goals proved mightily impressive, it was the team defence that had the boss delighted.
“I loved the goals we scored tonight as much as I loved the clean sheet.
“Everything we do is based on a top, organised defensive performance and without that, we are just a good football team. With that, we can be a successful football team.
“I liked the determination we showed again tonight in defending.”
4) Joel Matip’s sensational goal
It everything Reds had hoped it would be and more, from the run to the pass and all the way through the finish – the promise had been fulfilled.
The reds boss Jurgen Klopp was rightly ‘very happy’ for Joel Matip as he scored his first goal of the season in style!
“The way Leeds defend, it gives, especially Joel on the right-side, the chance and duty to step in, to make yards,” Klopp explained.
“It is absolutely great and then you finish it off, not possible in all games and not needed in all games but against Leeds it is possible.
“He did that very well and got the full reward, very happy for him.”