Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has stated that good performances from his squad does not give him a selection head ache following their impressive win over Italian side Atalanta last night.
The Anfield side secured a comfortable 5 – 0 away win over Atalanta, with goals from Mo Salah, Saido Mane and a hat trick from new signing Diego Jota ensuring they left Italy with all 3points. Klopp in his post match interview was questioned on his team performance on the night and also if the performance of new summer arrival Jota gives him a selection head ache upfront and he has this to say,
On his team’s performance…
“Everything I said [about Atalanta] last night and today before the game is the 100 per cent truth, it’s what I think. I’m long enough in the business to see when another team is playing good football and can cause each team in the world problems. That didn’t change because of the game or the result tonight. We are good as well, we know that; we have to play good, we have to fulfil our potential. That’s what the boys did tonight. We defended Atalanta on an incredibly high level and played ourselves top football and scored the goals. That’s how it looks.
“We scored five goals, could have scored maybe two or three more, I don’t know. But Alisson had to make three world-class saves as well. So, you see how big the threat is if you let them do what they are good in. The overall performance of my team tonight was really good, that’s why we won the game. The result is not that important, we only wanted to win.”
On whether Jota’s latest performance is giving him a ‘selection headache’ up front..
“All good. Good performances never give me a headache. For tonight that was the decision, it was clear it makes sense for tonight, first of all to use the good shape Diogo is in. And because of the way Atalanta plays and defends, it made sense that the skillset of Diogo helps. But the world is sometimes a really bad place that in the moment when somebody is shining, we speak immediately about another player who played for us, it feels like, 500 games in a row. We would not be in the Champions League even if Bobby Firmino would not be with us. And immediately I have to explain why he is not in the team. He will be in the team and for a lot of people in the world, if you would ask them: ‘What makes Liverpool some days special?’ I would say the way Bobby Firmino is playing because on a good day he is not to defend. For us, it’s important that we have more than 11 and tonight Diogo used his shape in an incredible way and played a super, super game. But that says nothing about Bobby and has nothing to do with me causing headaches. I’m more than happy that the boys played like they played tonight.”
Liverpool currently top group D with 9points from 3 games while Ajax occupy the second spot with 4 points from the same number of games.