Jurgen Klopp was delighted as his much-changed Liverpool side ran riot against Everton to maintain their eight point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The German rang the changes on Wednesday night amid an intense run of fixtures throughout December for the Reds, with five alterations to the starting XI that beat Brighton last weekend.
Key forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were among those on the bench, and the back-up players showed their worth at Anfield with Divock Origi netting a brace and Xherdan Shaqiri also scoring in the 5-2 Merseyside derby thrashing.
Klopp was bold to make so many changes ahead of such a key game for the Reds, but his decisions were vindicated as the terrible Toffees were routed at Anfield.
And while the German admits his side’s brilliant performance was expected, he hardly believed they would claim victory in the incredible way they did.
“We had to make changes, that is clear,” said Klopp after the match. “Some people maybe weren’t happy we did that before a derby.
“As a manager you hope for it and when the boys deliver it is the best feeling you can get as a manager, actually. It worked out like that.
“It didn’t surprise me but I didn’t expect it in that manner. It was really good. It helped us, not only with the three points.
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“The boys know now. It is easy for me to tell them how good they are but when they don’t play, it’s not so easy for them to understand.
“When they play and deliver like they did tonight it is very, very important sign for the whole squad.”
Klopp also admitted he actually wasn’t as ‘brave’ as he wanted to be ahead of the game, with more starting XI changes planned had he possessed more courage.
“The only two boys I didn’t bring in were Joe [Gomez] and Naby [Keita],” added the Reds boss. “Joe we saw [as a substitute] and Naby is in outstanding shape.
“It was only me not brave enough to make those decisions.”
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Jurgen Klopp was delighted as his much-changed Liverpool side ran riot against Everton to maintain their eight point lead at the top of the Premier League table. The German rang the changes on Wednesday night amid an intense run of fixtures throughout December for the Reds, with five alterations to the starting XI that beat […]