Quite rightly Jurgen Klopp was in a buoyant mood as he spoke post-match about new signings, continuing form and missing players:
“A very good start—for sure. Not perfect but really good.”
On new signing Naby Keita, who excelled on his competitive debut:
“A good performance, of course.
“Naby is in because he is a really good footballer and from the beginning he has settled really quick.
“Similar style of play, similar positions as he had at Leipzig. I’m pleased—absolutely, but that’s what we expect.”
It will be key for Liverpool to take this form into every game, especially against rivals:
“West Ham will play for sure a good season, but they are not the Uniteds, the Citys. We have to be ready week in-week out for all the different situations.”
“I didn’t read his interview, I only heard about it.
“He’s obviously not fit. With the World Cup, it got worse.
“It’s serious, but not that serious. It’s not that we are afraid or whatever.”
Of course, not everyone can make the matchday squad and Klopp spoke candidly about those unable to make the lineup or a late cameo appearance:
“I don’t like telling players ‘you are not in’ especially when they give you their all.
The Reds are next in action away to Crystal Palace next Monday night, and they will hope to keep their place at the top of the table with another three points at Selhurst Park.