By Coral Barry
Liverpool were in such confident mood during their 4-0 demolition of local rivals Everton on Wednesday night that even Lucas Leiva believed he could hit a 40-yard screamer – and Jurgen Klopp thought it was hilarious.
The Brazilian is not cut from the same technically excelllent cloth as some of his countrymen, including gifted Liverpool teammates Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Charged with stopping the opposition play, rather than creating and scoring goals, Lucas has managed just six goals in nine years on Merseyside.
Nevertheless, he was confident he could add to that tally when he lined up a 40-yard effort in the second half against Everton as Liverpool ran amok.
Predictably for Lucas, the effort bobbled wide and Klopp could not hide his amusement at the attempt and it is safe to say after a night of the video doing the rounds on Twitter, football fans are even more in love with the German manager.
The reaction of Klopp when Lucas hit that woeful shot is incredible!!! #LFC
— Scott (@BR00KESS) April 21, 2016
Jurgen Klopp burst into laughter yesterday when Lucas' shot went wide. What a man 😂 pic.twitter.com/5fozqhQn0V
— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) April 21, 2016
The #Klopp reaction to the lucas shot is brilliant. Great character to have in the premier league
— lee marlowe (@lee_marlowe) April 20, 2016
Lucas shoots from 30 yards. Klopp laughs his head off.
— LiverpoolFF (@LiverpoolFF) April 20, 2016
Klopp and staff reaction after Lucas tried to score from a stunner says it all about the atmosphere around the club. Its priceless.
— Aneesh Chandoke (@AneeshChandoke) April 21, 2016
— Titanbet (@TitanBet) April 21, 2016
The video has almost gone down better than the result and for many Liverpool fans summed up everything they love about Klopp.
And for a select few, it was the best moment of another great night at Anfield for Liverpool.
Klopps reaction to Lucas shit shot was the best thing about the whole match, omfg, Klopp, what a guy.
— Lewis Webster Ⓥ (@LWebster_) April 20, 2016
I’m still laughing at Klopp laughing at Lucas’ shot last night. 😂.
— Mav ‘Effing Dalton 🖐🏽🖐🏽🖐🏽🖐🏽 (@maverick99sback) April 21, 2016
Klopp taking the piss out of Lucas trying to score from 30 yards was one of my main highlights of last night
— G ☝🏻🤚🏻 (@SportrmpMusty) April 21, 2016
In other Liverpool news, Jamie Carragher has issued a warning to one of the club’s highest earners.