Klopp: There were lots of good moments 
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Klopp: There were lots of good moments 

Liverpool boss pleased with dominant performance over disappointing Cardiff to send Reds top of the table 

Adam Washbrook

Jurgen Klopp says he was happy with his side's performance as Liverpool cruised to a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City at Anfield, with goals coming from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Xherdan Shaqiri

The Reds ended the first-half a goal to the good and with an outstanding 86% of possession, with Mane grabbing his first half-way through the second-half.

A late goal from Callum Paterson restored a little belief for Cardiff, but their late press for an equaliser served only to the advantage of Liverpool, who struck twice more on the counter. 

Good moments

Speaking at the post match press conference, Klopp said of his side's performance: "There were very good moments, a lot of them.

"There were periods where we could've done better, but we played on Wednesday and we had to create and create and create. 

"It's really hard work. To play your most creative football, you need fresh players."

The possession stats may reflect the Reds dominance on paper, but in reality, it highlighted their need for patience. Though Cardiff offered little in the way of attacking football, they were compact and resilient for the most part in defence, and Klopp was quick to credit them. 

"I don't think Cardiff have lost by big margins very much. They're a very good team and will cause problems like today. 

"Defending those long throws is not easy, but we did that really well. The goal gave them a lot of confidence but we had 85% of the ball, which is an unbelievable figure. It's not easy after playing midweek as everyone is involved."

Shaqiri and Mane stand out

Klopp admitted it was hard to leave out Shaqiri following his superb midweek performance, and explained his reasoning.

"We don't know Shaqiri long enough to know how he recovers, but I thought the lineup today was a good one. It was good for Adam (Lallana) to start and he was involved in a lot of things. 

"Bringing on that quality makes the difference. You need 13 or 14 players to win a match."

The charismatic  German also sung the praises of Mane, who bagged twice despite playing with an injury. 

"He has a broken thumb and plays with a brace. I wouldn't feel comfortable, but he plays so well. All good - very good."

High flying Arsenal up next 

Liverpool next travel to Arsenal, who - if they will avoid defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon - will be unbeaten in their previous 13 matches, with things seemingly starting to tick well for new boss Unai Emery

Klopp said it was important to get the job done against Cardiff before having some time to recover for their fixture. 

"The start was really good in the game, and then they had these set pieces and throw-ins. We lost the ball too much and we didn't defend these cheap long balls. 

"We conceded, and it possibly helped actually, as Cardiff believed they could do more and we finished the game. 

"Now we can recover and prepare for the next game."