Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side should have beaten Manchester United by a more emphatic score than Sunday’s 2-0 win, but was still praised by his team’s “sensational football.”
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The European champions are now 16 points clear of Second-seeded Manchester City, with a game in hand over Pep Guardiola’s team.
“I really enjoyed the game. I would have preferred us to be 2, 3, 4-0 after 60 minutes – good for the nerves,” said the German, with his brand smile.
Liverpool took the lead thanks to a Virgil van Dijk header in the 14th minute, but had to wait for extra time to secure victory with a breakaway goal from Mohamed Salah.
Klopp, however, forgave his players not to turn the spells of dominance into a more emphatic victory.
“I understand that sometimes concentration levels decrease. In the past, I would have gone crazy, but now I’m calm,” he said.
“We played sensational football. We could have scored more and maybe should have scored more.
“Then United came back at the end of the first half. In the second half we created chances and played great football. But we haven’t been in business since yesterday – we know they’d come back and they did,” he said.
Klopp said he was not surprised by the levels his team continue to produce during a Premier League season in which they have yet to lose.
“To be honest, not really. We’ve had some great sessions [in training] against children – 11 v. 11. Boys go crazy. I don’t take it for granted, but I see them during the week, so I’m not surprised.