Klopp delighted with Liverpool performance, says the Reds must ‘work like hell’ in second leg as tie not over yet

Liverpool put in an amazing performance at Anfield last night, as they beat Man City 3-0 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. First-half goals from Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane were enough to give the Reds an extremely healthy lead ahead of next week’s second leg at the Etihad.

As you would expect, Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his teams performance. But he warned that the tie isn’t over yet, and said that Liverpool will have to put another amazing performance in next week.

“We beat the best team in the world so that’s a really good performance,” Klopp said.

“It was good tonight, but I am not interested in being good. In this competition, it is about going to the next round, and we are not in the next round. Let’s talk about it after the next game.

“We will really have to work there again like hell.

“Years ago, I played with Dortmund at Real Madrid and we lost 3-0. Afterwards, everybody told me it was done. I was really angry about it when they said it. At home, we won 2-0 with six or seven changes in the team – and everyone who saw the game knows we should have won 5-0, 100 per cent, without a shadow of a doubt. I know these things can happen.

“Today it was 3-0 at half-time and nobody was in the dressing room dancing around and celebrating the half-time result. Now it is exactly the same situation. This tie is 190 minutes or so, that’s it.” 

Going on to speak about the game, Klopp said: “The first half was brilliant. It was how football should look. We knew about the quality of City but also about our quality as well. We were very active in all parts of the game, perfect in the spaces, very lively closing the gaps.

“This kind of defence: dominant, not too deep, being in the right area of the pitch so if we win the ball there is a big opportunity for us to use the space they have to leave open.

“We used that really well, scored three fantastic goals. Second half, we defended very deep, gave them no shot on target, very concentrated, but when we have the ball we have to play more football. That was clear and we can do that.”

Mo Salah was forced off injured in the game, and captain Jordan Henderson was booked so he will miss the second leg. Speaking about Salah’s injury, he said: “About Mo, I don’t know. He came to the sidelines and said he felt, sometimes, something.

“That was enough for me to not even ask the doctor how he is, but to take him off the pitch.”

And then about losing both players, he said: “We lose one player to injury and another – the captain – to a yellow card so it does not feel good. Mo said he feels good but we will have to see about that.”

 

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