Jurgen Klopp addresses Ivan Toney speculation after post-match encounter

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Brentford star-striker Ivan Toney shared a jovial moment after the final whistle of yesterday's contest in West London.

Toney bagged a consolation goal for the hosts as his side were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Liverpool, with Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah, Alexis Mac Allister and Cody Gakpo getting on the scoresheet for the Reds.

Despite watching a fantastic performance from an attacking perspective, some Liverpool fans were nevertheless left clamouring for one particular reinforcement up front after witnessing a smiley post-match encounter between Klopp and Toney.

Toney, who is expected to depart the Bees this summer, has previously revealed his love for the Reds - making the move a match made in heaven for many.

Telling all about his brief brush with the in-demand marksman, Klopp admitted his admiration for Toney - before insisting that little more than pleasantries were exchanged.

"It was more like smiling at him," Klopp said. "He's obviously quite a handful and really tricky, it's really tricky to play against him.

"Am I right [in saying] he's a Liverpool supporter? He's not shy in saying that? Then I can admit it as well.

"We spoke a little bit about that and he wished me good luck with my time after. A lot of people said it, a lot of players said it, it's not necessary but it's nice. But I will find a place to watch... that was it, it was a nice conversation."

Since his return from an eight-month absence due to betting breaches, Toney hasn't missed a step for Brentford, reclaiming his status as club talisman with four goals in his first five.

His goalscoring capabilities would be welcome at any club, leading the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham to register strong interest in the man Brentford reportedly value at £100m.

That said, Liverpool will be more than happy with their current attacking options. Yesterday's performance once again showcased the side's strength going forward, with all five attacking players contributing to goals.

"I'm not surprised about that, to be honest," Klopp said, reflecting on the potency of his front line.

"Mo played the first game for weeks, months, I'm not sure. I think [he] could have had a hat-trick.

"I don't know the first one, but Lucho [Luis Diaz] kicks the ball against his right foot, or whatever, then the other Mo usually finishes that off but the goalkeeper was absolutely outstanding.

"They all played good. They are good players. Cody's goal was absolutely outstanding. That's all cool."

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