Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool’s rhythm “wasn’t good” during their 2-0 victory over Southampton on Sunday but hailed it as a “nearly perfect” day.
First-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah lifted the Reds back up to third in the Premier League table and move them to within two points of second-placed Manchester United.
And Klopp was happy to get the three points but admits it wasn’t their most polished performance of the campaign.
“We knew the strengths of Southampton and how they want to play football, so we wanted to defend and change the game to counter,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“In footballing moments we would’ve loved to do it [play] a bit better. The rhythm wasn’t good either, too fast or really slow and not normal passing speed.
“We scored wonderful goals and we could’ve scored more in the second half when we had big chances, but Southampton did well to be honest, with their style of play.
“That’s how they want to solve their situation and their problems. I think we deserved the three points, [we got a] clean sheet, no injuries – [it was] nearly perfect.”