Jurgen Klopp salutes the ‘wonderful’ football on display from Liverpool in their thumping Champions League victory in Porto… but stays grounded by insisting ‘the most important thing is the result’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has saluted the ‘wonderful’ football on display from his side after their thumping 5-1 Champions League victory against Porto.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both notched braces during the emphatic trip to Portugal, while Sadio Mane also tapped in from close range, as they put their disappointing 3-3 draw at Brentford on Saturday behind them.
And after the final whistle, Klopp was full of praise for the performance, hailing the result which saw them tighten their grip at the top of Group B.
Jurgen Klopp has praised the ‘wonderful’ football from Liverpool in their victory over Porto
Liverpool are dazzling at the top of Group B after netting five goals in another rout in Portugal
‘First and foremost the most important thing is the result,’ Klopp told BT Sport. ‘It is a massive one away at Porto. Winning, and the way we won, makes it better.
‘It was good in lots of moments. We could see Porto watched our last game at Brentford. They started direct.
‘I wanted to get it sorted on the pitch and that’s what we did step-by-step.
Mohamed Salah (L) scored twice in the win, and Sadio Mane (R) netted a close-range tap-in
‘We scored maybe not the most amazing goals but important ones in the first half. In the second-half we controlled the game.
‘Porto had massive problems. One centre-half [Chancel Mbemba] out with a red card and the other, Pepe, not being able to play before the game. We could use that.
‘We played wonderful football between the lines, we lost the ball in a situation we should not have.
‘Defensively we played a super game. Goals happen so I am not too concerned.
Mane applied the finishing touch after poor defending shepherded James Milner’s ball to him
‘I am happy that Diogo Jota didn’t score, he keeps the goals for games we need them. We did not need his goals in the end tonight,’ Klopp continued.
‘It was a really good night for us. After the international break we play Atletico [Madrid] so we will see what the boys coming back are like. It is a good start.’
Another player to catch the eye during the rout was Curtis Jones, who dazzled at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield and was involved in four of the goals.
His showing attracted glowing words from BT Sport’s pundits, but Michael Owen has said Jones now needs a long run in the team ‘for the sake of his career’.
Klopp insisted that the result is the most important aspect of a successful evening for his team
Asked if he could push the likes of Naby Keita and Thiago for a starting spot, Owen said: ‘A hundred percent but you’d say before Harvey Elliott got injured he was the man wearing that shirt. It’s taken one or two injuries.
‘But as Jordan Henderson mentioned he’s always been in and around, played here and there. It’s about time for his sake of his career that he has a long run in the team.
‘Maybe the unfortunate situation with a couple of injuries is going to help along that way and when you get that chance you’ve got to do exactly what he did tonight and had a hand in four of the five goals.’
Curtis Jones starred at the heart of midfield, earning praise from Klopp and BT Sport’s pundits
Jones picked up two assists and also played a hand in the build-up before two other goals, helping Liverpool crown their formidable approach with a superb score line.
He was forced to be patient for opportunities at the start of the season, but has snatched his chance after starting each of the team’s last three fixtures.
Liverpool next face Atletico Madrid away in the competition on October 19.