Jurgen Klopp describes Liverpool performance vs. Arsenal as “perfect”

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side’s performance in their 4-0 win against Arsenal was perfect.

Klopp was especially pleased with the intensity his players produced just four days after their emotionally-draining Champions League play-off win over Hoffenheim.

Klopp said: “We played an outstanding game against Hoffenheim and today we did the next step.

“We need to learn we can do things like this every three or four days, otherwise we will have a problem. We wanted to show it today and be spot on from the first second.

“We wanted to show our desire, our greed, our ambitions against a very strong side. We didn’t think about winning the game – we thought about the performance. The performance was perfect and the result is the result of the performance.”

Klopp surprisingly decided to rest first-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for the game and play Loris Karius.

Mignolet was left out of the squad altogether with Danny Ward sitting on the bench. Klopp admitted Mignolet was disappointed but the Reds boss felt his choice was vindicated.

The German said: “I told Si yesterday. He did not give me a hug and say, ‘That is exactly what I thought we should do’ but I wanted to do it and give him this rest. I wanted to have Loris in this game.

“He did a lot of good things. He was sometimes too cool but we all need to get used to playing football in close spaces. He did a good job and I am happy with this.”

Klopp added that Mignolet remains his “clear number one” and would “100 per cent play” in the next game against Manchester City.

Klopp made a joke by deliberately misconstruing a question regarding transfers. “I was really busy since we started and I would be really surprised if I was not busy in the next few days,” he said, before pointing out he was referring to his day-to-day work.

“We will see,” he then added with regard to transfers and similarly brushed off questions about the future of Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho.

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