Date published: Friday 9th August 2019 10:34
Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool could have been even sharper in their 4-1 win over Norwich.
First-half goals from Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Divock Origi followed up an own goal from Grant Hanley to secure a convincing opening day result for the Reds.
Klopp told Match of the Day: “For 60 minutes we looked very sharp, then we have to control the game a bit more. Norwich have all my respect. They stayed cheeky, they enjoyed their football.
“At the start of the second half we could have scored a fifth or sixth goal, then Norwich scored. After that we were never in danger but had to work hard to keep the score what it was.
“The players had a break (over the summer). For the body it was long enough, nobody asked for longer, so they didn’t lose a lot of their physical standards. We have to be a bit smart for the next two games, we have to make a few decisions and try to win both of those games, which will be difficult.
“But tonight is positive. For 60 minutes we played super football and the last half an hour is normal in the early stages (of the season).”
Klopp also issued an injury update on Alisson, with the keeper being forced off in the first half.
“With Alisson it is not good but we will find a solution and move on.
“He felt his calf. He looked behind him because he thought something hit him.
“But Adrian is a good goalie. In possession he is calm and he is good at shot-stopping, that’s why we signed him. It’s good for him but we have a little problem with Ali.”