Jurgen Klopp admits that Liverpool needed “luck” to beat Porto


Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his team needed luck on their side to get rid of Porto on Wednesday.

Goals from Thiago and Mohamed Salah in the second half secured a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory for Liverpool, but the Portuguese league leaders had plenty of chances themselves against the second-line defense of Kostas Tsimikas, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Neco Williams.

After the match, Klopp admitted that he expected some nervous moments due to the amount of rotation in his lineup, but admitted that they needed a little luck to keep a clean sheet.

“We could have lost this match tonight,” he admitted (via the club’s official website). “We gave away chances where they could have scored and it had obviously made the match really difficult, so we should not do too much of it. We were lucky in a few moments.

“But yeah, we have our moments where we really are not cool to play against, that’s true. And I did not really expect that tonight because we changed crucial things, to be honest, and you do not expect the guys immediately be like a ruthless press machine or whatever.You just know we have to grow into the game and it’s actually happened – that’s what I’m happy about.

“But there are so many games going on and you always judge a match – it’s the match today – but I actually think we have to play even better on Saturday against Southampton because they are a real press machine and they really go for it.

“We have to make sure we are ready for it. This match tonight obviously helped because we could rest players, we could give rhythm to other players, we could take back players after injury, all things like that.

“So, many good things happened tonight but I’m not sure we should make the mistake now of saying we are this or that again. What we are or what we were we will know after the season. But in the moment we are in a good moment and we should do everything we can to keep it going. “

With Liverpool already qualified for the knockout stage before kick-off, Klopp took the chance to rest a number of his top players and instead give his French stars the chance to build up some match fitness.

“We had a lot of things to think about: who came from injury, who played many games, who needed to rest and all things like that,” he continued.

“For this match no one felt he needed to rest because we had Saturday – Wednesday, the boys are really used to it and they are all perfectly okay. That’s exactly when the amount of matches comes, we really need everyone in a kind of rhythm and it was “Therefore, the line-up really did really well tonight. It worked really well because no one was injured and stuff like that, so everything is fine.”

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