Jurgen Klopp praised his Liverpool side’s first-half performance as they scored three goals to see off Southampton at Anfield, but was unimpressed by the second.
Klopp was not in the dugout for Saturday’s match, having been handed a one-match touchline ban, but the Reds managed to perform without encouraging their manager and led 3-1 before half-time. Got it.
Darwin Nunez was on the scoresheet twice for Liverpool, and Klopp took time to praise the Uruguayan in particular.
“The first half was really good and the second half is not the half where we won the Oscar of football for ourselves,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“In the second half we made a lot of mistakes – the first half was really good.”
On Nunes, Klopp said: “In the system we play, Darwin has to defend on the left, we can’t change that, but when he’s attacking it’s only for balls behind the wing. . [he] Can be positioned but in all cases, it must be centered.
“That’s where he was in that moment as well as scoring the third goal. So, great game.”
The victory saw Liverpool return to the Premier League’s top six, having endured a difficult start to the season that has seen them slip back into the developing title race.
With today’s win following last weekend’s victory at Spurs, the Reds enter the World Cup break in a promising position and will hope to go from strength to strength as the campaign rolls on.