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Klopp believes Pool should have won by more

Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

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Naked ambition: Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his late goal against United at Anfield. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Naked ambition: Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his late goal against United at Anfield. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

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Naked ambition: Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his late goal against United at Anfield. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp felt his side should have beaten Manchester United by a more emphatic scoreline than yesterday's 2-0 victory but was still left eulogising his team's "sensational football".

The European champions are now 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League, with a game in hand on Pep Guardiola's team.

"I enjoyed the game a lot. I would have preferred we're 2, 3, 4-0 up after 60 minutes - good for nerves," said the German, with his trademark grin.

Liverpool took the lead through a Virgil van Dijk header in the 14th minute but had to wait until added time to make sure of the win with a breakaway goal from Mohamed Salah.

Klopp though was forgiving of his players failing to turn spells of domination into a more emphatic victory.

"I understand sometimes concentration levels drop. In the past I would have gone crazy, but now I'm calm," he said.

"We played sensational football. We could have scored more and maybe should have scored more.

"Then United came back at the end of the first half. In the second half we created chances and played super football.

But we're not in business since yesterday - we know they would come back and they did," he said.

Klopp said he was not surprised by the levels which his team continue to produce during a Premier League season in which they have yet to lose.

"To be honest, not really. We had exceptional sessions (in training) against the kids - 11 v 11. The boys go like crazy. I don't take it for granted but I see them during the week so I'm not surprised."

Moving 16 points clear at the top of the table sparked a chorus of "we are going to win the league" from their now expectant fans.

For United, who battled hard but were outclassed in all departments, it was another reminder of just how much work is ahead of them if they are to get back to being in contention for titles.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered another blow to his hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with the news that his top scorer Marcus Rashford was not only out for the trip to Anfield but could face several weeks on the sidelines with a back injury.

United are in fifth place in the league, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and while no-one could question the commitment of Solskjaer's players it is clear he needs some immediate transfer reinforcements.

"The players gave us everything. Today we hung on a bit at the start of the second half, but the last 25-30 minutes we pressed them and pushed them back. I'm disappointed with conceding from a corner and with the last kick - but very many positives," he said.

After a promising start from the visitors, Van Dijk put Liverpool ahead with a firm header after he was poorly marked by United, who allowed him to rise and nod in a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.

Roberto Firmino thought he had scored a second but a VAR review ruled that Van Dijk had fouled United keeper David de Gea before the ball fell to the Brazilian.

Liverpool had the ball in the net again when Georginio Wijnaldum slotted home after a clever defence-splitting pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the Dutchman was ruled narrowly offside.

United's attacking forages were rare but they caused some anxiety for Klopp when Andreas Pereira slid in but could not make contact with a low ball across the face of the goal from Aaron Wan Bissaka.

Yet after the break, Liverpool looked determined to put the outcome beyond doubt. Salah missed a glorious chance from close range just after the interval during an intense period of pressure from the home side, in which Jordan Henderson also hit the post.

United survived that blitz and clawed their way back into the game and could even have snatched an equaliser but Anthony Martial blasted high and wide in the 59th minute.

Solskjaer's side applied some late pressure but were caught on the counter-attack in the final moments when, with all United players forward, Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker launched a long ball for Salah who raced clear before slotting home and settling Anfield's nerves.

"It's special. We're enjoying our football. You have to stay hungry and keep wanting more," said Henderson, who looks well set to be raising another piece of silverware at the end of this campaign after lifting the Champions League trophy last season.