Klopp warns unbeaten Liverpool can get better

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane seal commanding win over Sheffield United as Liverpool go 12 months with defeat in the Premier League

Last Updated: 02/01/20 11:56pm

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Jurgen Klopp admits it’s an ‘intense period’ and that his Liverpool players – and himself – will be happy to be in bed following another win in the Premier League
Jurgen Klopp admits it’s an ‘intense period’ and that his Liverpool players – and himself – will be happy to be in bed following another win in the Premier League

Jurgen Klopp has warned there is still room for improvement at Liverpool despite going a full calendar year in the Premier League unbeaten.

The runaway league leaders took another huge stride towards a first league title in 30 years as goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a commanding 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Anfield.

The victory restored Liverpool’s 13-point gap at the top of the table, saw them equal the record for points at this stage of a top-flight season and extended their unbeaten run in the competition to 37 games – 12 short of Arsenal’s 49-game record – yet Klopp maintains there is more to come from his team.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United in the Premier League

“We know there is room for improvement,” Klopp told his post-match press conference. “It’s important for us.

“We care only about ourselves, we can do things better and we have to. Each player wants to do better and knows [they can] do better. There were some things we did better than the last game which helped tonight.”

‘A performance as good as anything’

Sheffield United have developed a reputation for disregarding their opponent’s stature since gaining promotion to the Premier League, but their plan went out the window inside four minutes at Anfield as Salah slotted Andrew Robertson’s cross home after George Baldock’s unfortunate slip.

Mane sealed Liverpool’s impressive victory midway through the second half with a stunning counter-attack goal, but the off-colour Blades could have been further behind against the superior Reds.

“We played in the exact way you have to play against Sheffield United,” Klopp added. “I don’t think there were a lot of games like this against Sheffield United in the last year.

“That was the best thing the boys did tonight, they didn’t let them get anything out of the game, which is really difficult.

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A round-up of the Premier League action from New Year’s Day and Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United
A round-up of the Premier League action from New Year’s Day and Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United

“We played really well; our passing was very good, we broke lines, our positioning was exceptional, and the discipline offensively was exceptional.

“We didn’t let them have the moments they wanted, we controlled the game and [the win] was very well deserved.

“It’s an intense period of the year but in terms of an overall performance it was as good as anything, really, really good. That makes me happy.”

Wilder can’t see Liverpool being caught

Plenty of people have already publicly crowned Liverpool champions of the Premier League, and Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder came close to adding to their growing number after his side’s defeat at Anfield.

He said: “The run they’ve been on, you just look at the appetite and the desire of everybody around the football club, it’s got a feeling of a relentlessness about them and the supporters as well, the way they drive their players on.

“They realise what a huge, important season it is and a fantastic position they’re in. It’d be a very brave man to bet against them being the champions of this division.”

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