Jurgen Klopp has said that his Liverpool team was not as calm at the back as they could have been in their 2-0 victory over Porto, but put this down to rotation and praised his team’s desire to win.
The Reds secured the top spot in Group B on match day four while Porto traveled to Anfield in the knowledge that a win would increase their chances of also reaching the knockout stage.
The away team dominated the first half and were unlucky not to take the lead, with Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah eventually taking Liverpool’s goal after the break to secure the three points.
When he spoke to BT Sport after the match, Klopp acknowledged that his provisional back line Neco Williams, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas could have defended better, but was pleased with the efforts made by the team as a whole.
“It was good, we could have done better. We could have been calmer in the first half especially, in goal situations we were a bit hectic, which is not unusual when putting together a team that has not played together all the time,” he said. .
“But you could also see the desire from the boys to win the match. I think some people might have thought we would play what some might say an easy match or something, but we were not here for that. Anfield was sold out, we wanted to go. We scored two exceptional goals, especially Thiagos – wow! “
19-year-old Tyler Morton made his first start for Liverpool in midfield after showing short cameos already this season, and Klopp was impressed with how he handled the occasion.
“If you are in our squad, you are a good football player. That’s it. I’ve been in the business long enough where I would not throw a player into the match if I think he is not ready for it,” Klopp added.
“For example, Neco as we know can play at this level, but with Tyler the world could have been surprised but he did exceptionally well. He is a good player and I’m glad he could make such an achievement.”