Date published: Thursday 2nd January 2020 10:26
Jurgen Klopp beamed with praise for his side after thoroughly controlling what has thus far been a resilient and plucky Sheffield United side this season, but cooled talk of a potential unbeaten season.
The Reds went 13 points clear atop the Premier League table after securing a 2-0 victory over the Blades at Anfield.
Goals from superstar forwards Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane sealed the three points with goals in either half, and Liverpool supremo Klopp was ecstatic with the performances of his men.
Speaking to the BBC immediately following the match, the German said: “It’s obviously good [to go unbeaten for a year] but the target tonight was not to extend this, but to win the game.
“The best thing you can say when you play against Sheffield United is to keep the game not spectacular. We controlled the game.
“We played around their formation, played behind, in-between, broke the lines and had counter-attacks.
“All the things we want to have. The boys played sensational.
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“You saw these glimpses in the game where we were a bit sloppy.
“They wanted two or three situations in which they could score in. We needed that concentration and that was incredibly tough but the boys did so well. Nothing ends. We have to make sure we are ready again.
“I am really happy and really proud of the boys. We should not take things like this for granted.
“The way we controlled Sheffield United tonight was exceptional. In possession we were incredible, we were calm but lively as well. The goals we scored were exceptional.”
The manner of the performance will no doubt please Liverpool fans after struggling so mightily to pick up three points in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
The control in which Klopp spoke of manifested itself in the gargantuan number of passes Liverpool attempted.
The Reds achieved a whopping 969 attempted passes (874 successful) during the encounter – a new club record in the Premier League.