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Klopp thrilled by ´on fire´ record-breakers Liverpool

SoccerNews in English Premier League 22 Nov 2020

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Jurgen Klopp was overjoyed by the performance and emphatic result in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leicester City, surmising that his team was “on fire”.

Liverpool’s problems have been well-documented this season and they only got worse during the international break, as Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah became the latest to join the lengthy absentee list due to injuries and illness.

They were expected to at least be put under pressure by Leicester City on Sunday, with the Reds fielding a makeshift back four and the Foxes having won all four of their previous away games in the Premier League this term.

But in reality Liverpool were utterly dominant and cruised to a straightforward win that not only took them level with leaders Tottenham on 20 points, but set a new record of 64 unbeaten top-flight matches at Anfield.

Jonny Evans’ own goal was added to by Diogo Jota – who became the first Liverpool player ever to score in each of his first four Anfield league games – and Roberto Firmino rounded the win off late on, leaving Klopp thrilled.

He told Sky Sports: “We deserved it, 100 per cent.

“The boys played an incredible game against a top, top, top opponent and playing them like we played tonight, I don’t take things like this for granted to be honest.

“The boys were really on fire football-wise. They played and played and played. Obviously Leicester defends in a specific way, Jamie Vardy was much deeper than last season, so it makes it even more tricky.

“The front line defended really well and offensively we were incredible, we should have scored more goals. That is a top sign for a big game.”

One of the Liverpool players featuring out of position in the defence was James Milner, who filled in at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold out until December.

The experienced midfielder has become known for his reliability and versatility in recent years, and it was his performance that pleased Klopp most.

“We scored three goals and didn’t concede one, we defended exceptionally well, controlled the game,” he told BBC Sport.

“There were a lot of good things, I can’t pick one that pleased me most – maybe the performance of James Milner at right back. He played an exceptional game, first there and then in midfield.

“That is what we expect from ourselves. Injuries were a massive shock in that moment but the boys have to offer solutions.”

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