Jurgen Klopp declared himself satisfied with Liverpool's home victory over Maribor and his team's position in Group E after four games in the ongoing 2017-18 UEFA Champions League campaign.
Second-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge saw Liverpool consolidate their position at the top of Champions League Group E with a 3-0 win over Maribor.
The result opened up a one-point lead over Sevilla in the group and the Kops' manager in his post-match press conference is content with the current situation in the battle to reach the knockout stages.
"If you have a perfect start, it always makes life easier but if you then don’t carry on in a good way then the problems are back immediately. First
half, everybody saw it was not the most exciting football. It was very difficult. We knew that they would play like this – anything else would have been a big surprise.
"The box was full of people in a Maribor kit and we didn’t come through in the right way, we didn’t take shots when we could have taken it. Roberto, for example, was very lively and he tried everything; the problem was then when we had the cross, he was not in the box. Not always, he had a nice header. So, there were a few problems we had.
"We didn’t speed up in these situations. Second half, a fantastic goal; good timing, a good cross but good timing of Mo as well, coming into the box and being in the centre
. The second goal was fantastic play
, speeding up even in a small space, playing a one-two and then taking a shot. Third goal after a set-piece. I’m pleased, especially with the result and the reaction. The game was not our best game we’ve ever played but before the game
we knew the maximum points we could get was eight after the game. Three goals, good; clean sheet, good; eight points, perfect." said Klopp as quoted in Liverpool's
Klopp and his Liverpool troops travel to face West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday and are next in action in the Champions League at Sevilla on November, 21.