Jurgen Klopp labeled Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth “nearly a perfect day” as the Reds stretched their lead at the Premier League summit.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah were all on the scoresheet with the victory’s only sour moment a first-half injury to Dejan Lovren.
The result sent the Reds 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League, and Klopp was impressed with how his side saw out the Vitality Stadium victory, especially after they kept a rare clean sheet.
Klopp said: “It wasn’t easy, it was very difficult, the boys made a lot of good decisions and that’s why it was a comfortable win, maybe more than we would have expected before the game, but Bournemouth were in a difficult situation, losing two key players, and then you get a feeling that it’s not a Bournemouth day.
“But we scored wonderful goals, had other big chances and the result is most important, but the performance was really good as well, especially in the second half when we were really professional and assured. That’s what we have to be in the moment and it’s not about being constantly exciting, it’s about doing the right stuff. There were not a lot of difficult moments to defend, which is good and very important so nearly a perfect day.
“Always you don’t know exactly but it [Lovren’s injury] looks not too serious, it looks like a little cramp. He felt something, he told us, said he for sure could go to half-time, wanted to have treatment there and carry on, but we said no and stopped it there.
“That’s the status quo, you have these kind of things in this moment of the season. It is similar to what Gini and Adam Lallana had – not serious but serious enough to keep them out. Now we have two days to make sure they can go again. That’s what I think at the moment but I don’t know 100 per cent.”
Meanwhile, Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa has said that he dreams of making it in the Premier League, as well as linking up with Roberto Firmino at Liverpool.
Flamengo attacker Barbosa – who is on loan from Inter Milan – made the headlines last month when he netted a late double to seal his side’s first Copa Libertadores title since 1981.
That victory ensured Flamengo’s progression to the Club World Cup in December, where they could meet Jurgen Klopp’s side should they win their first game in Qatar.
Ahead of the potential meeting, Barbosa revealed to the Daily Mail how he is a big fan of Firmino. Read more…