Speaking to reporters after the game, Klopp made his delight clear, as he hailed a “really fantastic football game,” on a night when title rivals Man City struggled to a 1-0 victory at home to West Ham.
“It was exactly the performance we wanted. We win 5-0 and everyone performed well…the centre-halves performed, the goalkeeper,” he explained.
“Exceptional; the crossing, the runs inside. What can I say? It was a really fantastic football game. I am happy for the boys.
“We want to play like this every day. That’s maybe sometimes possible, sometimes not.
“It’s good, it’s a very good example of how football should look. Let’s try and do it again.”
Mane started up front in his stead, however, and could give Klopp food for thought as he made a major impact in an unfamiliar role leading the line.
“In that position you need somebody who can play in small spaces, offers in behind,” the manager assessed.
“We have other players who can play that but not in the way Sadio can.”
The Senegalese’s efforts up front allowed Mohamed Salah to torment left-back Adam Masina in his natural position on the right, and after criticism for the No. 11, Klopp was clearly pleased with his response.
“How Mo played tonight…exceptional. You pretty much can’t defend against him [when he plays like] tonight,” he said.
It was a perfect night for Liverpool, and with Klopp looking for the same again on Sunday, it could be a Merseyside derby to remember.