Jurgen Klopp has reacted to his side’s 3-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Klopp hailed the reaction of his players to West Ham United’s equaliser as Liverpool went second in the table.
After Mohamed Salah’s penalty was cancelled out by Jarrod Bowen’s diving header before half time, the Reds responded after the break with goals from Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota as they won 3-1 for the third time in eight days.
The victory was enough to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to two points as Liverpool scored three goals for a fifth time this season across all competitions to extend their winning run to six games.
It means Klopp’s men are now unbeaten since the start of April, a sequence which stretches back 18 games in total and the manager admits he has been enthused by the start his team have made to their season, having taken 16 points from a possible 18.
“The start is promising, We have to get used to different things, that is how it is. The penalty came from a counter attack.” Klopp said.
“A sensational pass from Darwin I think to Lucho (Luis Diaz), then he is the one in the box as well. And then Mo arrives completely free and if he is not getting fouled, then he probably finishes it off. That looks positive.
“These boys are good footballers and when they have a great day, then they are extremely good. But when it doesn’t start well. That is why I like the development into the game. This time we didn’t concede first but we conceded anyway. It feels the same to be honest, not great. But again the reaction was really top.
“That’s the most important thing for us in the moment because we have to become this kind of team that is really difficult to deal with, because when we are not playing well, we are solid. When we are playing well, we are really good. So that is how you can get consistency and that is what we obviously need.”
Klopp added: “It was expected, a difficult, difficult game. Some very good moments in the first half but we were not enough in control to deny them completely, which is anyway difficult, super difficult.
“I really thought we played good in different phases. Lost some balls we shouldn’t have lost, that’s clear. But we scored our goal which was a super counter attack and then we were asking a little bit for the equaliser.
“When they scored, I was not completely surprised. We should have defended it better, that’s clear. The most important thing is you stay in the game and that’s what we did in the second half. We controlled much better and gave them a proper challenge.
“We really caused them some problems and we scored some super goals. A really special one, the second one. Incredible. Everybody is looking at me when I talk about the goals but these eyes, I saw it only once, can’t wait to see it properly back.
“Third goal, again a top set-piece. We all know how important they are and on the other side, how well we defended the set pieces of West Ham. Everybody should know how good they are at that.”