Jurgen Klopp encouraged by Liverpool display vs. Arsenal after short rest
LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's 4-0 win over Arsenal shows they have the ability to put in dominant attacking performances after only just a few days' rest and when without a number of influential players.
Despite missing the wantaway Philippe Coutinho and injured Adam Lallana, Liverpool scored four at Anfield for the second time in a week as they blew away Arsene Wenger's side on Sunday afternoon.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and second-half substitute Daniel Sturridge all scored to ensure Liverpool would go into the international break unbeaten in all competitions.
"All that we are doing must have to be independent from [absent] players," Klopp told his postmatch news conference. "If we miss too many [absent players] then you have no chance. Nobody can do the same.
"We never thought about who we miss, even when we know how big the problems are when you don't have these quality players involved.
"I'm not pleased about it, I expected it. That's the job we have to do. You will never hear an excuse because we couldn't deliver because of this or that.
"It's intense, it's all intense. We all know we cannot line up the same 11 players for five or six months, we need to have opportunities to change different positions.
"Today we decided for rhythm and confidence. I really thought a lot about the lineup. They all looked so positive after the Hoffenheim game in training and I thought: 'Come on, let's try again.' Obviously it worked.
"So far in the season, we learned from each performance, from each game we played, different things.
"We played an outstandingly good game against Hoffenheim and today it was the next step because we did it again. That probably was the biggest challenge for us today.
"We need to learn that we can learn to do things like this [every] three or four days because otherwise we get a problem during the season. We wanted to show it today. We wanted to prove it to ourselves. We wanted to be spot on from the first second. We wanted to show our greed, our ambitions against a very strong side.
"You can never know if you can win a game, but we didn't actually think about winning the game, we thought about the performance. The performance was perfect and the result is the result of the performance."
Loris Karius started in goal for Liverpool in the routing of the Gunners, with the usual first-choice Simon Mignolet rested.
However, the Liverpool manager says Mignolet will regain his place in the starting XI for the Manchester City game on Sept. 9.
"Intensity for a goalkeeper is different, it's not a physical intensity. It's a mental intensity," Klopp added.
"We created a situation before the season that we said we wanted to have three really strong goalkeepers. That's our situation now.
"That means you cannot deal with it like you would do when there is a clear No. 3, a clear No. 2. Yes, Simon is a clear No. 1 but the others are not clear No. 2 and No. 3s. They are really strong goalkeepers, so, in this moment, Simon did outstandingly good so far. He won the race in the preseason -- he's always there, he's a machine. I hope solid is not a negative word, he's always there, he's really, really reliable.
"The others had a bit of problems with injuries and things like this, and he won the race.
"I told Si[mon] yesterday and he didn't give me a hug and say: 'That's exactly what I thought we should do' but I wanted to do it. I wanted to give him this rest.
"Loris did a lot of good things, he played really cool football. Yes, sometimes he was a little bit too cool and waited a little bit too long.
"But, obviously, you could hear in the stadium that we all need to get used to playing football in close situations. For the goalkeeper or if Emre has the ball and someone is around him, the whole crowd was like: 'Woah.'
"They are all a little bit surprised. The players should not be because of orientation, you need to play in close spaces, as a goalkeeper and as an outfield player.
"He did a good job today and I'm happy about this -- and he had a few things to do. 100 percent if nothing happens [then] Simon will play against Manchester City."
Entering the final few days of the transfer window, Klopp was non-committal as to whether Liverpool would be doing any further business this summer.
"We will see, you have to wait," he said. "[There are] no games so I hope you can enjoy the next five or six days with all the rumours and all that stuff.
"I'm not looking forward to it but it's part of the game, hey?"
Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.