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Liverpool: Klopp hails "clinical" Reds after Crystal Palace thrashing

Jürgen Klopp overtook Rafa Benítez's Liverpool wins record as the Premier League champions thumped Crystal Palace 7-0 on Saturday.

Klopp hails 'clinical' Liverpool after overtaking Benitez's Premier League wins record

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp said everything "clicked" for his side in their record-breaking 7-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday. 

Liverpool's biggest every league victory on the road

The result was their biggest ever away win in the top flight and it marked Klopp's 127th Premier League victory with the Reds, overtaking Rafael Benítez's 126 in charge of the Merseyside club. 

The champions were in devastating form against Roy Hodgson's men, powering to victory thanks to braces from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah and further goals from Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mané and Jordan Henderson. 

Liverpool's dominant win stretched their lead at the summit to six points, although Tottenham could reduce that back to three with a win over Leicester City on Sunday.

"We controlled the game and scored wonderful goals"

While Klopp was impressed with his side's performance, he refused to get carried away and said their focus would soon switch to taking on West Brom next Sunday.

"It was hard work and there was a lot of counter-attacking from Crystal Palace in the first half where we needed a toe or a foot to defend," he told BT Sport. 

"Our finishing in the first half was clinical. Then, 3-0 up at half-time the game was not finished but we controlled the game and scored wonderful goals.

"The boys are capable of this but it doesn't happen every week. Today it clicked. This is a very intense period, the boys should be very proud of it

"We take a day off tomorrow, then prepare for West Brom, and goal difference wise it is good because of the funny result at Villa [when they lost 7-2].

"Christmas will be good, but the season is not finished, there are a few games to come but we will be ready."

Henderson lauds "ruthless" display by Klopp's side

Henderson opened his account for the season with a sumptuous strike from distance and praised the Reds' finishing, their seven goals coming from just eight shots on target.

"I thought we were ruthless today and took our chances which is always important," he said. "We dominated the game for large periods but I still thought we were sloppy at times. 

"Overall, we're delighted with the performance. To finish this week off with the win after midweek [when they beat Tottenham 2-1] is important and we managed to do that.

"It was coming I felt as over the last few games we have had chances and not taken them which has cost us at times.

"Overall, the performance level, we have to be happy. Now we have a week leading to the next game. Then another tough test again."