Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp singled out his favorite moment from the win over Leeds – and it wasn’t one of side’s six goals.
Liverpool returned to winning ways with a thumping 6-1 victory at Elland Road on Monday night.
Cody Gakpo put the Reds ahead from close-range shortly after the half-hour mark before Mohamed Salah added a second minutes later.
Luis Sinisterra pulled one back from Leeds after the break, but Liverpool immediately restored their two-goal lead through Diogo Jota’s first goal for the club in more than a year.
Salah scored his second later in the half before Jota also grabbed himself a brace with another well-taken finish.
Darwin Nunez then came off the bench to cap a comfortable win for the visitors, who kept alive their slim hopes of Champions League football next season.
Speaking after the match, Klopp said his favourite moment wasn’t one of the goals his side scored.
Instead, he highlighted a piece of pressing in the closing stages, when several Liverpool players hunted Leeds substitute Georginio Rutter for possession.
“The moment of the game, the best (one) I enjoyed the most was the 92nd minute,” said Klopp.
“I think it was already five or six-one. We lose the ball and four players chase the poor, poor player from Leeds down in that moment.
“I think that’s the basis for the whole game because that gave us stability. It was, from a counter-pressing point of view, definitely the best game we played this season.
“In possession probably as well. Being calm, prepared with little passes, preparing direction in a really good way.
“At least three goals we scored (came) after counter-press, which is obviously massively helpful. Then we were calm in the decisive moments to pass exceptional balls. I liked it a lot.”
Klopp will be hoping to see the same hunger when his side return to action against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded to Jamie Carragher over the Sky Sports pundit’s assessment in the Reds’ 6-1 thrashing of Leeds on Monday.
Goals from Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez and individual braces from Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota sealed an emphatic win for Klopp’s men at Elland Road.
Liverpool are eighth in the league table and are nine points adrift from the top four, while Leeds are 16th and two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
During his analysis of the match at Elland Road, Carragher suggested that Leeds’ mistakes played a massive part in Liverpool’s successful Premier League win.
However, Klopp disagreed with Carragher’s assessment of the match and insisted that his side “forced” Leeds into making such mistakes.
“I think it was the best game we’ve played this season from all different perspectives — aspects of the game, controlling the game,” he said.
“Jamie [Carragher] I just heard [he] spoke about individual errors from Leeds, yes, but I think we forced a lot of them.”
Despite their win over Leeds, Liverpool legend Carragher insisted that he “can’t trust” his former side to hunt down a top-four finish this season.
“If Liverpool play like that and have a consistent run of performances and get anywhere close to that tonight… the fixtures are most games you feel they should win,” he said on Sky Sports.
“But as we saw with the graphic tonight, that’s the first time they’ve beaten someone below them away from home in the league this season.
“The problem is you can’t trust Liverpool and you haven’t been able to trust them since the first game of the season.
“I still think between now and the end of the season we’ll still see two or three performances that leave you scratching your head.”