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3 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the patience his team showed in the first half at the Amex, before the Reds showed their clinical nature in front of goal to win 5-1 on the south coast.

Emre Can headed home from close range to open the scoring for the Reds, and Klopp showed his delight towards the two goals scored from set-plays, as Philippe Coutinho rolled a free-kick under the wall in the closing stages.

He said, “We needed to be patient and it’s always good when we have this kind of quality at set-pieces, offensively.

“We had two really good set-pieces - a nice goal from Emre [Can] and then the other one was fantastic [Coutinho's free-kick].

“The second goal was outstandingly-good play, winning the ball and then two passes. To make this kind of goal is really exceptional.

“The third one was good again, a fantastic counter-attack after winning the ball back.

“Then the penalty, which I think we all agree is not a penalty, made it a little bit more exciting, but then we finished the game with a fantastic, smart free-kick.”

Klopp also praised Albion attacker Pascal Gross for his ability on the ball, and admitted the game was a lot more difficult than what the empathic scoreline suggests.

“He’s really good - a smart signing. I’ve known him since he was a kid. He’s a fantastic player that’s made another big step, physicality-wise.

“He’s got a nice right foot and takes really good set-pieces. He’s a really good shooter and a smart player - I like him.”

"They defend deep with both wingers involved 100 per cent - Murray then tries to catch what he can. It was much more difficult than a 5-1 looks.

"At 2-0 Simon Mignolet made a wonder save, so yes it could have been different. But we won it and I think we deserved it."

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