Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said the atmosphere he observed at Anfield, which was full for the first time in 17 months on Saturday as the Reds strolled over Burnley in the Premier League, fulfilled all of his dreams.
The 2-0 triumph, Liverpool’s second in as many games this season, was played in front of a sold-out Anfield crowd for the first time since the Reds’ Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid in March last year.
“Obviously, this was something that everyone was looking forward to,” Klopp remarked. “No one will be disappointed when they leave this area today.” In terms of atmosphere, our dreams came true, and it was the best 12:30 (kick-off) atmosphere we’ve ever had. “It was one of a kind, truly one of a kind.” Burnley caused us problems throughout the game, so it was a unique experience.
We had a good game, scored two goals, and had chances to score more.”
Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane scored the goals, but Liverpool has now kept two clean sheets out of two games this season, thanks to the return of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, the latter coming off the bench to make his first appearance since November last year on Saturday.
Klopp is more confident in his defensive lineup this season after the return of those two centre-backs, as well as Joel Matip.
“Van Dijk and Gomez are both excellent footballers, but I can tell you that after the events of the previous year, we were in desperate need of more center halves. There are now six of us “Klopp continued.
“They’ll all play this season,” he says, “and we’ll have to mix it up during the season, especially after the players’ extended injuries.” It was difficult to play against this aggressive Burnley team. Both full-backs were excellent as well.”
Burnley is now winless in their first two league games, prompting manager Sean Dyche to turn to the transfer market to restore his team’s fortunes.
“I thought the performance was good against a top side,” Dyche remarked. “The group has the proper enthusiasm, especially now that we’re down to a smaller number of people.
“I won’t necessarily be disappointed (if Burnley doesn’t sign players) since living at Burnley has always been a challenge for me since I’ve been here.” We are aware of the financial position, but I believe we should be a little more flexible. However, as I’ve always stated, you must still locate the appropriate athletes to fit our concept. There are only so many gamers who don’t suit our paradigm out there.”