Jurgen Klopp welcomed Diogo Jota’s continued fantastic type however swatted away solutions it had given him a range headache over Roberto Firmino forward of Sunday’s journey to Manchester Metropolis.
After scoring three essential objectives in Liverpool’s final three video games, Jota changed Firmino within the beginning line-up for Liverpool’s Champions League conflict at Atalanta and scored his first hat-trick for the Reds in a 5-0 rout in Bergamo.
With Firmino scoring only one aim for Liverpool this season, Jota’s beautiful treble added gas to requires his inclusion from the beginning when the champions tackle title-rivals Metropolis on the Etihad Stadium on Sunday – reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League.
However, talking in his post-match press convention, Klopp swiftly dismissed any notion of a range headache, saying: “Good performances by no means give me a headache.
“That was the choice tonight, it made sense to make use of the form Diogo was in, and due to the best way Atalanta performs and defends, it made sense that the skillset of Diogo helps.
“However the world is usually actually in a foul place when the second somebody’s shining, we communicate instantly about one other participant who had performed what seems like 500 video games in a row.
“We might not even be within the Champions League if Bobby Firmino wasn’t with us, and instantly I’ve to elucidate why he is not within the workforce. He shall be within the workforce.
“For lots of people on the earth, when you requested them what makes Liverpool on Sunday particular, they’d say the best way Bobby Firmino is enjoying.
“It is necessary for us that we have now greater than 11, and tonight Diogo used his form in an unimaginable means and performed a brilliant, tremendous sport.
“However that claims nothing about Bobby and has nothing to do with inflicting me complications. I am very happy that the boys performed like that tonight.”
Liverpool’s scintillating attacking efficiency – which additionally featured objectives from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – was underpinned by an exemplary defensive show which featured Rhys Williams, who made his full Champions League debut after coming off the bench within the opening two group video games.
The 19-year-old produced a faultless efficiency as Liverpool secured their third Champions League clear sheet on the spin and confirmed additional indicators of having the ability to fill the void left by injured talisman Virgil van Dijk.
“Rhys was distinctive,” Klopp added. “I can’t think about being 19 years previous and enjoying my [third] skilled soccer sport within the Champions League towards [Luis] Muriel and [Duvan] Zapata. I’d have been nervous like hell, the boy was not, and that helps massively.
“However defending is clearly a standard factor, and the way the workforce defended tonight was completely unimaginable. We have needed to clearly change issues as a result of Virgil shouldn’t be there anymore, so we have now to share that duty on 10 shoulders now as an alternative of 1.
“What the final line did tonight, supported by the others, was extremely good, however everybody has to step up now. Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, they’re now in cost, and whoever performs with them – it is totally different with Joel [Matip] but when one of many youthful ones – they’re essentially the most skilled and so they must demand them to command issues.
“It is very nice to see and I could not be happier for Rhys, it’s best to see him within the dressing room, it isn’t attainable to take the smile off his face.”
Klopp additionally heaped reward on goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a string of saves to maintain Atalanta striker Zapata at bay within the second half whereas preserving Liverpool’s emphatic scoreline.
“I have been on this enterprise lengthy sufficient to see when a workforce is enjoying good soccer and might trigger issues,” he mentioned. “That hasn’t modified due to the sport or the consequence tonight.
“We’re a very good workforce, we all know that, we have now to play nicely and fulfil our potential, and that’s what the boys did tonight.
“We defended Atalanta at an extremely excessive degree and performed high soccer ourselves and scored objectives. We scored 5 objectives, may have scored two or three extra, however Alisson needed to make three massive saves as nicely.
“You would see the risk was there if we allowed them to do what they had been good at. The general efficiency was actually good, that is why we received the sport. The consequence was not necessary, we solely wished to win.”