Liverpool looked somewhat back to their best as they decimated Leeds United 6-1 at Elland Road in the Premier League on Monday night, and manager Jurgen Klopp made no secret of just how much he enjoyed his side’s performance.
Despite holding firm for much of the first half, Leeds crumbled towards the end and allowed the Reds to take a 2-0 lead into half-time, but managed to snatch a goal back shortly after the break.
Several instances of calamitous defending – combined with Liverpool looking completely ruthless – saw their comeback unravel completely, however, as Klopp’s side ran riot to make incredibly light work of Leeds.
In what has been a seriously tricky season for Liverpool having fallen away from the top of the tree in the Premier League, there have been few moments to smile about. But seeing their side dominate an opposition away from home like that, and seeing how much Klopp enjoyed it, definitely makes things easier.
Did Klopp enjoy it? Oh boy did he. Both Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota were able to grab a brace after Cody Gakpo’s opener, before Darwin Nunez put the seal on proceedings in the 90th minute, but it was Klopp’s response to something else that caught fire after the game.
For a man so famed for his ‘heavy metal football’ over the years since being in charge at Liverpool, he’s made no secret of how disappointed he has been with his side at times this season, with Liverpool looking endlessly lethargic and completely out of ideas when it matters most.
Not against Leeds, though. In what was a brief throwback to their very best days under Klopp, the Reds were electric with their energy levels, counter-pressing and goal-scoring prowess.
He made no secret of how he felt about that, producing a pretty hilarious, visceral reaction from the dugout after watching his side hunt the ball down in the 92nd minute of the game, which makes for brilliant viewing.
The German coach can be seen – and heard – enjoying a Gary Neville-esque ‘goalgasm’ of sorts, minus the goal.
We’ve never seen a man quite so passionate about running hard, pressing and winning tackles, but we’re all for it.
"Oh my god!" 😍
Jurgen Klopp's reaction to his Liverpool side showing desire to win the ball back in 92nd minute 🤣 pic.twitter.com/VVGfL8og5x
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 17, 2023
Show us how you really feel, Jurgen.
You could put his reaction video next to an unworldly knockout in the UFC or a nine-darter at the Ally Pally and you’d be none the wiser. Seriously.
But no, Klopp was simply in awe of Liverpool’s energy.
He later told Sky Sports it was the best counter-pressing performance Liverpool have produced all season: “The moment of the game I enjoyed the most was the 92nd minute.
“The pressing, wow. I think it was already 5-1 or 6-1, and we lost the ball and four players chased it.”
Wow. Not the Salah brace, the Jota brace, the late goal from fan favourite Nunez or the well-worked opener tapped in by new signing Gakpo – the pressing.
If that isn’t the most Klopp quote you’ll hear all day.
Got to respect it, though; the man simply loves to see his teams play entertaining football and will accept nothing else.
Say what you want about Liverpool, but the Premier League is much more enjoyable when their head coach is flailing about the touchline full of passion, swinging his arms around decked out in his finest baseball cap and bubble coat. Long may it continue.