3 key points from Klopp’s post-Southampton press conference – Liverpool FC

Jurgen Klopp was more than happy with what he saw in Liverpool’s offensive performance in the 4-0 win over Southampton, but stressed that he didn’t like everything he saw on the defensive side.

Here are three key points from the manager after the last win at Anfield.

Exceptional Jota

Diogo Jota was an important piece of the victory puzzle and the manager raved about the signing which has been prolific since his arrival.

“Diogo is an exceptional player, an exceptional boy,” said Klopp. “A perfect signing because he has everything a Liverpool player in this team needs.

“He’s got the technical skills, the physical skills and he’s very smart and can learn all things tactics pretty quickly and on top of that he can play in all three positions.”

Not happy with the chances conceded!

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday 24 November 2021: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 5 match between Liverpool FC and FC Porto at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Alisson had to come to the rescue one too many times at Anfield and while the boss wasn’t afraid of needing his keeper, his saves had to be “too spectacular”.

Now is the time for Liverpool “to really work on this” so that they can be “as serious, stable and ruthless defensively as possible”.

There may come a time when goals aren’t as smooth and the odds can’t be given as easily as they did in the first third of the season.

Again these giants of mentality

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday 27 November 2021: Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

There have been a few hiccups this season, but that elite Liverpool mentality is still present.

“The things that have happened to this team over the past few years have been special and that is mainly because of the exceptional mindset and mentality of the boys,” said Klopp.

“I don’t think we deserve too much credit for trying to play the best football we can every three days, but I don’t take it for granted.”

And they’ll need to harness all of their mental toughness as the holiday season begins.

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