Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders heaps praise on the Reds’ front line after mauling Man United 5-0

Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders has compared their Mohamed Salah-led attack to a ‘velociraptors in Jurassic Park’ after their 5-0 mauling of Manchester United. 

The Reds moved back into second following their emphatic victory at Old Trafford on Sunday, which saw Salah hit a hat-trick and goals from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota add to their rampant attack. 

Liverpool have laid down early markers in their title campaign, including another 5–0 win away at Vicarage Road, and Jurgen Klopp’s No 2 has hailed their lethal frontline and claimed that their chances come from the ‘whole package’.


Mohamed Salah (right) completed his hat-trick with Liverpool’s fifth goal in the second half


In a press conference ahead of the Reds’ Carabao Cup trip to Deepdale on Wednesday, Lijnders said: ‘We’re shooting from everywhere!

‘But no, I think it has a lot to do with how the team is playing so you can never judge scoring from just how we move the ball from the back, it’s the whole package that creates.

‘Our front players constantly get into good positions to score and then the quality of our front three, we said they looked like velociraptors in Jurassic Park and they go for it.

Naby Keita began Liverpool’s goal rush as he put the visitors 1-0 up after five minutes

Diogo Jota added a second for the Reds eight minutes later to hand them a comfortable lead

‘They are lethal and that is what we want, of course. So if you score in the right moments, these games against Manchester United are a great example of what can happen as well.’

Lijnders went on to insist that Liverpool’s success this term isn’t down to a change on the training ground but rather a fitter squad after a long summer break and recovery from last season’s injury crisis.

‘Did we change anything [in the summer]? No. We always just want to improve,’ he added. 

Jurgen Klopp’s (right) No 2 Pep Lijnders (left) claimed they hadn’t changed anything in training

‘Sometimes proving it is just going back to basics and that is what we did in the summer.

‘Also, top players – and we have a few, I think – need a break after some emotional periods, a lot of finals, a lot of intense seasons.

‘It’s good for them to have a break because if you want to be consistent, you have to respect recovery and the process of recovery and that is not only between the games but the seasons. Long may it continue!’

The Dutchman also provided an update on the fitness of Naby Keita following his injury-enforced withdrawal against United.

Keita’s injury does not appear to be as bad as first feared after he was stretchered off

The midfielder was forced off after horror red-card tackle from United substitute Paul Pogba

Keita, whose Liverpool career has been blighted by injury setbacks, was stretchered off after a horror two-footed tackle by Paul Pogba. 

But it appears Keita’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared as he only suffered bruising from Pogba’s red-card lunge.  

‘We sometimes discuss and whine about referees and VAR, but that’s why it’s there,’ he said.

‘To protect players. Luckily his foot was not on the ground – it was just a bruise.’