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Liverpool thump Hull in EPL

Press AssociationPress Association 24/09/2016 Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was satisfied with the 5-1 win over 10-man Hull but disappointed the performance fizzled out in the second half.

The hosts cruised into a 3-0 halftime lead through Adam Lallana, James Milner's penalty - after Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off for handball - and Sadio Mane.

Tigers substitute David Meyler pulled one back shortly after the break but Philippe Coutinho immediately restored the three-goal cushion before Milner added his second from the spot when Daniel Sturridge was fouled in the English Premier League clash.

"The first half was brilliant, that was how football should be if you are able to do it," Klopp said.

"The most impressive thing today was the counter-pressing: I think it was the best game we played in counter-pressing until now.

"Second half was not as exciting, still good but not at 100 per cent of concentration.

"I don't want to criticise but I think we could have done better in the second half."

Klopp woke to social media buzzing about out-of-favour defender Mamadou Sakho's 3am Snapchat rant at not being considered.

The France defender, who in the last six months has failed a drugs test and been sent home from the pre-season tour of the US because of concerns over his attitude, hit out at what he sees as his marginalisation at Anfield.

"Now it's three weeks since I am fit to play games. They don't want me to play also with second team lol! Why I don't know," the centre-back, who rejected Klopp's advice to go out on loan in the summer window, wrote.

The outburst cut no ice with Klopp.

"It is not the right moment to speak about it. It makes sense to think about something and then you give the right answer. It is not positive, I would say," Klopp said.

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