“I can’t say anything bad about my players. They have given everything for 90 minutes, running and fighting,” he said.
“But Liverpool made it so difficult for us. Like Chelsea, I think they are the really strong candidates to win the league.
“We have played all the top teams, and they are as good as any of them.
“We were more aggressive in the first half, but in the second half it was impossible.
“Liverpool were much better than us. Their intensity, their quality on the ball, everything.
“Even when they were winning 2-0, they kept the same intensity. They passed with the same speed and won the ball back with the same aggression.”
The way in which Liverpool restored their form after a difficult run of results was worthy of Karanka’s praise, with the Spaniard powerless to thwart their impressive overall play.
Karanka joins a long list of players and managers to express their admiration for Klopp and his side this season.
Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew, Walter Mazzarri and Claude Puel have all hailed the Reds’ performances, while James McArthur, Danny Rose and Darren Bent are among the players to offer their applause.
But after returning to winning ways on Teesside, hopes will be renewed—though Klopp must now prepare his side for a tough festive run.