The Reds may have made the trip to Stamford Bridge to face a side with a new look attack without two senior centre-back options, but it was to be a straightforward win for Klopp’s men.
But it was to be Sadio Mane who would wrap up all three points to take back to Anfield after two wonderfully constructed goals, leaving his manager delighted with the result and overall performance from his side – which included an Alisson penalty save.
“I liked this performance a lot. Three points, we showed everyone we are ready,” Klopp told reporters after the game.
“For ourselves to just really feel the way we play and improve. We can be successful if we just continue to grow on the pitch.
“Chelsea away will always be one of the most difficult games we play.”
Henderson’s withdrawal at half time with what was a reported “tight thigh” made way for Thiago‘s debut, one which led to the Spaniard breaking the record for successful passes in a performance of 45 minutes or less since records began in the Premier League in 2003.
“We signed Thiago for different reasons and only one of them is [for] against deep-defending sides,” he added.
“We improved in that department a lot, I have to say, with all of the players who were already there before. But, yes, it is something that suits him, it is natural to him.”
Next on the agenda is a trip to Lincoln City for the third round of the League Cup on Thursday evening.