Here are four key things from the manager’s post-match press conference on Tuesday:
1. Minamino’s “important” 90-minute display
It was a brace for Takumi Minamino as he scored his first goals for the club since December 2020 in a confidence-boosting display.
It’s been far from smooth sailing for the 26-year-old but his performance, in both midfield and attack, will only offer a boost for the coming weeks and months.
“Taki’s in a really good moment. I know he’s not played too much but in the wrong moment he was injured, coming back – it’s not so easy.”
For the player and the club, it was the type of display needed after widespread debate over the Reds’ depth in attack.
“He’s a top character and it was important for him and important for us.”
2. “The kids did exceptionally well”
It was a pretty much perfect night for Liverpool with three goals, a clean sheet and safe passage into the fourth round of the League Cup.
And the manager was delighted with what he saw.
“The kids did exceptionally well, I have to say.
“All three really physically strong, that’s maybe the biggest surprise that they could go 90 minutes. I’m really happy for them.”
The kids are alright!
3. Gordon’s brilliant message of gratitude
Speaking of the kids, Kaide Gordon – who became the fifth-youngest player for the club – had a brilliant reaction as the boss approached after full-time.
“The first thing Kaide said to me after the game when I wanted to say congratulations, he said ‘thank you!'”
Class isn’t it. He’s just 16-years-old!
“He’s good! A lot of things to improve, a lot of things to settle and a lot of things to learn. But there’s already a lot of things there.
“We will treat him carefully. A big talent.”
4. Bobby return pending
After missing the last four games, Roberto Firmino is still on track for his return after more than three weeks on the sidelines.
Klopp confirmed that the No. 9 did participate “in parts” of team training on Monday and “so he will be back not too far away.”
Brentford will likely come too soon but after a couple of injury concerns in recent games, it’ll be a welcome sight to see him return to the fold.