Jurgen Klopp described it as “the perfect night” after Liverpool marked the return of fans to Anfield with a 4-0 win over Wolves.
2,000 fans were allowed in to Anfield to watch their team play as Premier League champions for the first time. They were in for a treat, as their side claimed a big win.
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip were followed by a Ruben Semedo own goal as Liverpool moved level on points with Tottenham at the top of the table.
It was certainly an emotional evening for Klopp, who was moved to be able to see his side playing in front of their supporters again – and with such a good performance.
He told Amazon: “Wasn’t it the perfect night?
“Imagine 10 months ago people would have told us we would have a game and 2,000 people would turn up.
“When we came out we all had goosebumps. I had no idea how it would feel. It was perfect.
“The noise, what the people did, they were on their toes you could see and feel and smell. They had waited so long for it.
“It is so much more enjoyable with people involved.”
Liverpool broke the deadlock in the first half when Salah pounced on an error by Conor Coady before finishing one-on-one with Rui Patricio.
Klopp poured praise on the Egyptian after the match, but admitted he enjoyed all four goals.
“He is an exceptionally good player,” he said of Salah. “All the goals were exceptional. I loved the set piece goal.”
The best goal of the night, though, was Wijnaldum’s effort from outside the box in the second half. It was another sign of the Dutchman’s importance to the club.
There has been talk of an exit for the midfielder as he enters the final few months of his contract. However, Klopp is hoping Wijnaldum commits his future to Liverpool.
“I hope so. You can see he plays all the time, we have a very good relationship.”
‘Night to remember’ for Kelleher
Another player who Klopp was keen to highlight the contribution of was Caoimhin Kelleher, who kept his place in goal after keeping a clean sheet on his Champions League debut in midweek.
He did the same for his Premier League debut, and Klopp was impressed with his mature performance.
“Very mature, very calm. Very good with the ball and without the ball. It was a night to remember for him.”
Overall, it was a job well done for Liverpool, in what could have been a trickier game. Klopp, though, was happy that his team took all his instructions on board and averted any threat posed by their visitors.
“There were a few challenges before the game – Wolves play different systems. I gave the boys information about how to press them.
“The boys were outstanding with how they dealt with them – our best result against Wolves.”