Klopp lauds ‘perfect’ Liverpool star after ‘exceptional’ display vs Saints

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Diogo Jota after the forward bagged two goals against Southampton.

The Reds ran out 4-0 winners at Anfield, as Jota was joined by Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk on the scoresheet. The result puts them on 28 points from 13 games, and just one behind league leaders Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have the chance to go four points ahead when they host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Jota opened the scoring against Saints within just two minutes. Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson linked up down the left, before Mane put a ball into the box. Jota slid in to make it seven goals for the campaign.

His eighth came 20 minutes later, when he tapped into an open net after being set up by the in-form Mo Salah.

Thiago, who scored a great goal against Porto in midweek, then continued his good form by putting Liverpool 3-0 up. His left-footed drive took a big deflection on its way past Alex McCarthy.

van Dijk popped up with a rare goal after the break. He connected with a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner after getting a yard away from Oriol Romeu in the box. McCarthy got contact on the volley but couldn’t keep it out.

In his post-match interview, Klopp said (via The Guardian): “In the early stages we were shocked because we couldn’t play the football we wanted to play. All of a sudden you lose your rhythm and that is what happened to us last season.

“This year we had a pre-season which was a proper pre-season, which was incredibly helpful. We could work on a lot things and found the stability back. Talking about the stability, I was not happy with the chances we conceded today, to be honest.

“I have no problem if Alisson has to make saves in a game but these saves were spectacular, one-on-one with the goalkeeper twice shouldn’t happen in a game too often. We have to work on that to be as stable, as serious, ruthless defensively as somehow possible so that gives us the platform to play football and then we can score. It won’t be forever we score two goals a game but I’m happy for now.”

When asked about Portugal international Jota, Klopp added: “Diogo is an exceptional player and…

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