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Klopp has a cheeky dig at Mourinho as Liverpool win

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Klopp all smiles after Liverpool win
Klopp all smiles after Liverpool win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared to have a dig at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho as his side stormed an impressive 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion.

After United stifled Liverpool into submission with a defensive display that secured a 0-0 draw at Anfield last Monday, Klopp’s side were back to their strutting best as they ripped West Brom apart with some scintillating attacking play.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho fired them level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings and they should have had more goals before a late West Brom rally set a few Reds hearts fluttering.

Yet it was a worthy win for Klopp’s men in the end, with the Liverpool manager gushing with praise for his players as he spoke to BT Sport.

“Who wants a clean sheet when you get three points,” said smiling Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, in what may be viewed as a cheeky snipe at Mourinho’s negative tactics.

“The performance was really good against a team that were here trying to stop us. It would have been a joke if West Brom got a draw.

“It was unbelievable how we played. It was a good performance against a team like this, they were here to get something, we never let them back into the game.

“Their corners kicks are so good, I had feeling 15 players in white kit were in the box.

“It was a big, big challenge to stay cool, stay concentrated. It is a really nice team I am really happy to have these boys around.

“If we had won three or four nil, we would have have a more relaxing finish, but we had some excitement in the final minutes, but in the end it was all good.”

Klopp celebrated his first year in charge of Liverpool an Anfield in the grand manner and he signed off another of his jovial interviews with this punchline.

“We are Liverpool and wherever we go and whoever comes to Anfield, they will try to stop us,” he added.

“If they give us space, it is a mistake. West Brom did not give us space, but we found solutions.

“It was a big challenge for us to stay cool and concentrated, but we did it. I could not be more happy with the players.”

Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis believes Liverpool have "a clear run" at winning the Premier League title this season.

"You look at their rivals playing in Europe and Liverpool have a clear run at this title," he stated.

"They are a top side and even though we made it too easy for them at times, they will give most teams trouble."