Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp indicated that his team learned how to deal with the unique atmosphere of the summit matches after crushing hosts Everton 4-1 in the English Premier League on Wednesday.
Klopp tried to play down the extraordinary nature of the Merseyside summit before the match and felt his players played with maturity.
“It was definitely our best performance at Goodison Park since I took over at Liverpool,” added the German, who won the league in 2020, a year after winning the Champions League.
“We had good matches here but the performance wasn’t that strong. We didn’t feel as calm as today, we weren’t as convincing as tonight and that’s why we won the match and I’m very happy with that.”
Mohamed Salah scored two goals, and in between, Jordan Henderson, who made the first Egyptian striker’s goal, opened the scoring and Diogo Jota ended the quartet.
In other statements to the “Amazon Prime” network for digital broadcasting, Klopp expressed his admiration for how Salah scored his second goal in the match, and said, “He was angry after the match. He wanted to score the third goal, I don’t take these things that way.”
And he continued, “As for his second goal, you have to take advantage of this type of mistake, Mo Salah put Everton Sheamus under pressure to win that ball, and then it turned into a good opportunity to score.”
And Henderson, the Liverpool captain, praised Salah, who leads the league’s top scorer with 13 goals in 14 matches.
“He’s been doing amazing all season and you don’t want to face him at the moment,” he said. It makes my job easier because just pass the ball to him and he’ll go off and put it in the net. He gave an amazing performance.”