Jurgen Klopp’s reaction at the final whistle summed up Liverpool’s roller-coaster opening day 4-3 win over Leeds United at Anfield.
The Premier League champions ultimately began their title defence with a win, but were pegged back on three occasions by Marcelo Bielsa’s newly promoted side and required a late Mohamed Salah penalty to take the points.
Staring down the camera at the final whistle, Klopp remarked ‘wow’ before lavishing Leeds with praise in his post match press conference.
He said: ‘What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A proper spectacle, I loved that.
‘It is pretty rare you see that many goals in a game, we have left space for improvement in our defending but that is not unusual for a first game. Our players have played a few days ago for their countries so it is possible.
‘The opponent forced us to make mistakes, we can do better, we will do better but I loved a lot about the game against a well-organised, passionate side like Leeds.
‘We used our skills to cause them problems, we could have scored more and in the end we used set-pieces which is fine by me.
‘It is not like riding a bike, you can lose something in pre-season and it takes time to all come together again. I am really positive about this game.
Salah, meanwhile, picked up where he left off last season scoring a hat-trick which meant Liverpool’s uncharacteristic defensive aberrations were not costly on this occasion.
‘Leeds are a tough team. They had a great game and reacted really well,’ said the Egyptian afterwards.
‘I’m happy about the result and we have to keep on improving. It’s important for me to stay focused. We had a good game.’