Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool's Crystal Palace victory was hardest '3-0 win ever'

Jurgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool ‘s victory over Crystal Palace was the hardest ‘3-0 win ever.’

The Reds took all three points from the Premier League clash as Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita – with a screamer – got on the scoresheet.

Patrick Vieira’s side made it tough for Klopp’s men, keeping the game goalless for 43 minutes.

The German claimed that Liverpool’s 3-2 win against AC Milan at Anfield in the Champions League on Wednesday had taken its toll on his players and admitted the Reds “weren’t flying today.”

Nevertheless, the title-chasers got the job done, putting Liverpool top of the table for at least Saturday afternoon.

“It is one of the most hard-fought 3-0s ever,” he told BBC Sport .

“We had to give everything. Hard but fair challenges. Physicality was immense and we had to be ready. The chips in behind our full-back gave us trouble. The longer it went they used that more and more. We had to run.

“Wednesday/Saturday rhythm is really hard,” Klopp noted. “We scored wonderful goals and used our set-pieces. It is massive in games like this. These are the games you have to win, when you are not brilliant.

“We weren’t flying today. We had to grind out a proper performance. I liked it. When you look back you have these games when it was really fun. And some was it was important. This is one of those important games.”

© Liverpool FC via Getty Images Klopp described the match as the hardest ‘3-0 win ever’

There was another negative for Klopp, with in-form midfielder Thiago Alcantara coming off in place of Keita in the 62nd minute.

“The only little bit that overshadowed [the game] was Thiago, but we hope it is not serious,” said the German boss. “He felt his calf and now we hope really it is not that serious.”

On a positive note, Mane notched his 100th goal for the club, breaking a Premier League record in the process.

Klopp had praise for the Senegal forward, who endured a difficult 2020-21 season.

“People forget about these 100 goals that he worked incredibly hard, pressed high, created goals, set up chances, so 100 goals but there’s so many other numbers that are important.

“A massive achievement in the glorious history of this club,” he added.

Centre-back Ibrahima Konate made his first competitive start for the Reds since signing from RB Leipzig for £36 million and impressed alongside Virgil van Dijk, but his manager says he can improve during his time on Merseyside.

“There’s a lot more to come from Konate,” Klopp stated. “He’s young and he will adapt to the league of course. He’s in a really good way and I am really happy with the process.”

Liverpool next travel to Norwich City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, hoping to replicate their 3-0 victory over the Canaries from their opening game of the campaign.

Then, a first trip to Brentford next Saturday before another Champions League clash against Porto and the visit of Manchester City, a test for the Reds following their 4-1 defeat in the corresponding fixture last term.

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