Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool’s superb return to form comes after internal talks to address their blip, as Reds boss admits: ‘We spoke the right stuff and maybe that was it… they were not happy not winning games’
Jurgen Klopp revealed how internal talks helped Liverpool rediscover their mojo – and breathe new life into their Premier League title defence.
Mohamed Salah capped a ‘really big week’ in the race atop the table with a stunning double as Liverpool beat West Ham 3-1 at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Salah had gone six matches without a Premier League goal – his joint-worst run for Liverpool – but he ended that wait of more than nine hours with a brilliant curled effort before completing a devastating counter attack to secure all three points. Georginio Wijnaldum added a third for the visitors before Craig Dawson netted a late consolation for West Ham.
Jurgen Klopp has hailed his Liverpool side’s return to form after registering back-to-back wins
The Premier League champions saw off high-flying West Ham 3-1 in a superb performance
‘We scored wonderful goals. All three were unbelievable, I’m really happy,’ Klopp said afterwards.
Liverpool had begun the week without a win in five matches and without a goal in four. They ended it with impressive victories over Tottenham and West Ham, meaning they now sit third – just four points off leaders Manchester City.
‘We found a way for us to be uncomfortable again for the other teams. The last two games it was like this,’ said Klopp.
When pressed on what had changed, the manager added: ‘We spoke about it in the last few weeks. In the last week we spoke the right stuff and maybe that was it. These boys are a really good group, they always work together. They are not happy with not being successful, not winning football games. But they always stay in the right attitude still.
‘They need the right information as well. I said after (defeat by) Burnley, “This was my fault”.’
Salah’s double took him to 21 goals for the season. He is now the first Liverpool player to hit 20-plus in four consecutive seasons since Ian Rush in the 1980s
The Egyptian forward admitted he had felt ‘big responsibility’ against West Ham after Sadio Mane was ruled out through injury and Roberto Firmino started on the bench.
The victory saw Mohamed Salah get back on the scoresheet with a duo of exquisite finishes
The Reds had endured a bad run of form with defeat to Burnley ending their Anfield dominance
The charismatic German says his side are ‘uncomfortable for other teams’ again after the win
‘(It’s) really big week,’ he said.
After Salah, 28, matched Rush’s incredible scoring record, his manager insisted: ‘I’m not surprised, I work on a daily basis together with him. He will never stop having a massive desire to score goals.
‘He’s a world class player, no doubt about it. I said in the last few weeks when we didn’t score that many is: the only thing you can do is try and try and try again, make good decisions or better decisions. Tonight we didn’t force it… in the last few weeks we probably would have.’
Klopp sensed Salah’s fortunes were beginning to turn with his performance against Spurs, when he had a goal ruled out for handball by the video assistant referee.
Even after ending his barrel spell yesterday, Salah still vented his frustration about the way technology has changed football.
‘I said before I don’t like VAR,’ he said. ‘It’s just my opinion. It’s just killed the joy of football…. I don’t want to complain about it, I don’t want to get a fine or something but my opinion about VAR is I don’t like it.’
West Ham had been on a run of six straight wins but manager David Moyes admitted his side were taught a ‘lesson’ by the champions.
‘We came into the game with a lot of confidence. This is the difference, at this level it shows. We’re trying to catch a few teams up, not Liverpool, that’s for sure.’