by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp declared his opposite number Eddie Howe one of the ‘best managers’ he’d faced, after his side emerged 4-0 victors at Vitality Stadium.
The German tactician has presided over the Merseysiders’ heavy rout on the south coast, which fired Liverpool to the top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Chelsea.
And when asked about Cherries’ historic manager, Klopp said: “I think Eddie Howe is one of the best managers I’ve ever met to be honest.”
A hat-trick from Mohamed Salah and an own goal from Steve Cook condemned the home side to their fifth defeat in six outings, but Klopp admitted he wasn’t entirely satisfied with the visitors’ showing:
“You’ll never see a perfect game in football. At the end, when you see how it developed, especially with the score sheet at the end, it’s perfect. We had a lot of things we could have done better, in the second half not that much, but the first half we controlled the game. That was what we wanted to do.
“Bournemouth had to replace three very important players for them today. But still, we controlled it, but I didn’t like that we didn’t change the rhythm more often. You still have to adapt to that, and improve that. If you see all the little runs we did, it all came together for the benefit of the first goal.
“We said at half time, so far so okay, not more. We have to do better because we can do better. We had to put them under pressure when we lose the ball. But whatever you do in a football game, you need somebody to finish it off and what Mo did around his two goals in the second half was just exceptional.”
With victory at the Vitality, Liverpool equalled the club’s Premier League unbeaten run and Klopp heaped praise on his squad in his post-match press conference:
“I think I said a couple of years ago that we have to write our own history. We want to be as successful as possible, and really nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult.
“I said before that usually I’d have 42 points in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive and exceptional. The boys deserve all the credit for that because they really fight for each other.”