'Perfect night' - Jürgen Klopp on Nunez goals and win at Leipzig

Reaction'Perfect night' - Jürgen Klopp on Nunez goals and win at Leipzig

Published 21st July 2022
By Chris Shaw at Red Bull Arena

Jürgen Klopp toasted a 'perfect night' as Darwin Nunez hit four goals in Liverpool's 5-0 win at RB Leipzig.

The Reds surged to an emphatic result at Red Bull Arena on Thursday evening after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a composed finish on eight minutes.

Nunez entered the action at the start of the second half and netted four times before the friendly’s end – his first strikes since joining the club during the summer.

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Read Klopp’s post-match reaction in Leipzig, speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, below…

On it being a perfect night with a 5-0 win and four goals for Nunez…

I would have bought it actually. It’s really nice. You see everything. First half – good moments, lesser-good moments, not enough movement, we need to get used to how hard it is to play 50, 60, 70 minutes – and in the end 90 or 120. The human body is like this, you need to get used to it again. When we struggled a little bit it was always after three minutes’ break we played football again, then a deep breather and play football again. And I wanted us to be a bit more hard with ourselves, go over that point, it’s pre-season. And move more. I think we did that second half obviously. Hendo came on, Millie – they both were lively. Hendo all of a sudden as an eight, went in behind and we created chances. Then Mo gives Darwin the penalty and Darwin, Pandora’s box was open. That’s of course a perfect night for him.

On the impact the performance will have on Nunez…

We always think that if you pay a lot of money then the players feel no pressure or whatever. They are all completely normal human beings and the first touch is not perfect then all of a sudden… This generation of players read social media, which is really not smart, but they do. All of a sudden you get in a rush and these kinds of things. That’s the best way obviously to stop all these discussions. He’s a different striker to what we have or what we had, but he’s a really good one.

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On how much he is looking forward to the team’s training camp in Austria now…

Very much. We need that time now. We are not even close to where we want to be physically. We have to get there. The weather and everything is difficult, it will be difficult in Austria as well. It’s good. We have to get through this, we have to work extremely hard and then we will be fine. I’m not sure if we will be fine against Salzburg because now we really go for it, but we will give it a try. The most important part of pre-season starts now.

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Published 21st July 2022