Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Liverpool “made a big step in their development” by beating Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby.
The Reds went up against Rafael Benitez on Wednesday night. The Spaniard won the Champions League at Liverpool in 2005.
Heading into the derby, Benitez was under pressure at Everton as they were without a win in seven games.
The 61-year-old will now come under more scrutiny as Liverpool beat his side 4-1 at Goodison Park. Mohamed Salah scored a brace as the visitors breezed past their rivals.
This is Liverpool’s fourth straight win across all competitions. Everton meanwhile are 14th and they are now just five points above the bottom three.
As reported by BBC Sport, Klopp praised his side for their “pretty good performance” versus Everton:
“Later on I will enjoy watching it because I know the result, that helps it. I had moments tonight that I enjoyed a lot. I liked what I saw and it was by far the best performance we’ve done at Goodison. We made a big step in our development that we can take these kind of games, even though they are really important for the opponent. We can put emotions to the side,” Klopp said
“What football moments we had in the first half – incredible! The positions we put on the pitch made it really difficult to get at us. We gave a goal away for no reason – that is how it is. The crowd were angry and we gave them life back. After half-time we controlled it again – we showed the boys two or three situations and the way they defended we could have sent Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah away a lot more in one-on-one situations.
“It was for sure a nine out of 10 performance from each of the boys, apart from moments. We shouldn’t take that for granted though. It is all about the boys. It was all over a pretty good performance.”
Salah also spoke after the game and he said that Liverpool did what Klopp asked of them against Everton:
“The message from the manager was that they will play physically strong and go 100% for every ball we just had to play our game and try to create chances, which we did.
“I expected him [Seamus Coleman] to do a mistake which he did. The game was tough at 2-1 but at 3-1 it becomes much better.”
On his goal target, he added: “Hopefully many more. My first target is to win something at the club, league, Champions League hopefully both.”