English Premiership

Klopp chuffed with Liverpool's midfield trio

Naby Keita (Getty Images)
Naby Keita (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on his midfielders Naby Keita, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum after thrashing West Ham United 4-0 on Sunday.

The Reds ran riot at Anfield in their Premier League opener against a new-look Irons outfit as Sadio Mane netted a brace for the hosts while Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge also found the back of the net.

However, Klopp was particularly chuffed with the shift his midfield trio put in and praised the energetic performance of former RB Leipzig dynamo Keita.

“Naby had six weeks' pre-season with us. Together with Millie (James Milner) and Gini (Georginio Wijnaldum), they had all of the pre-season. That's really good,” Klopp told the club's official website.

“You saw that helped a lot and helped him; organisation always helps. And in the moments when he gets the ball, you can see he is quite a nice footballer.

“What Gini and Millie did was quite impressive, I have to say. That's good, we need that.

“At the end it looks like 4-0 is quite comfortable but I'm pretty sure that all three midfielders - or at least these two - had to run 13km or more. You have to work really hard, so a game can look like that.

“The good thing is all our midfielders - Hendo (Jordan Henderson), Adam (Lallana) - all work. They accept the offensive line sometimes has not exactly the same desire to defend, so they close the gaps and help us with that.

“That makes their life a bit more uncomfortable but helps us in other situations.”

Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park on Monday, August 20 for their next Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

Kick-off is at 21:00 (SA time).

Fixtures
Wed 08 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Sheffield United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bramall Lane
Wed 08 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Manchester City
Newcastle United
Etihad Stadium
Wed 08 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
West Ham United
Burnley
London Stadium
Results
Tue 07 Jul 20
Arsenal 1
Leicester City 1
Tue 07 Jul 20
Crystal Palace 2
Chelsea 3
Tue 07 Jul 20
Watford 2
Norwich City 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
33
29
89
2. Manchester City
33
21
66
3. Chelsea
34
18
60
4. Leicester City
34
17
59