Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool for playing their “best game in a long time” as the Reds demolished Leeds United 6-1 in Monday’s Premier League match.
After a draw against Arsenal, Liverpool ended their five-game winless streak in all competitions with a victory at Elland Road, thanks to braces from Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota, as well as goals from Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez.
The win brought them within six points of Europa League qualification with a game in hand over fifth-placed Tottenham.
Klopp’s side will need to win their remaining matches in order to qualify to Europa League
Manager Klopp credited his team’s increased intensity as a crucial factor in turning around their previous poor form.
“I think it’s the best game we’ve played this season from all different perspectives and aspects of the game.
“I think we forced a lot of errors, but it was a really good game, sensational goals and counter-pressing – it was the best game for a long time.
“My favourite part was in the 92nd minute we chased the poor boy on the ball from Leeds. I am really happy with that game.”
Klopp added that Liverpool has begun to click as a team. He identified a crucial moment in their season when they fought back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Anfield on April 9th.
“It’s a general thing. To play good football you need stability. The stability you only get from defending, but when you are in this kind of negative flow, then you make wrong decisions.
“You think to play better you have to be foremost concerned with the offensive stuff. We can be super offensive-orientated, if we react in the right moment.”
Klopp added: “I can’t explain why our counter-pressing didn’t work, but tonight it clicked. It clicked in the second half against Arsenal.
“Tonight I’m not sure how many goals we scored after we won the ball back. That makes all the difference and I think we know that.
“But there is always a bit of difference from knowing and understanding and really feeling it.”