Klopp praises Liverpool’s “almost perfect” match against Atletico

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Jurgen Klopp was seriously impressed by the performance of his Liverpool team during their 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane in the first half allowed the Reds to take a two-goal lead, before Felipe was sent off for the visitors and Liverpool were able to kill the match with ease.

Klopp told BT Sport afterwards that he understands why the fans would be annoyed that his team did not beat Atletico after the expulsion, but emphasized that they played an “almost perfect” match anyway.

“In the second half [after the red card] it was as it was, “said Klopp.” We have an incredible schedule [coming up] and even with control of the game, we lost one player to injury – Bobby Firmino.

“That’s what we have to do. I can imagine people wanting to see more goals but we still created chances, we scored a goal that failed. We had incredible chances, like ‘wow, how we missed them’.

“I think the match was almost perfect. We scored at the right moment. They were much more on the front foot than in the reverse match. We defended well. Two incredible balls from Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and two fantastic finishes. “

“And then the red card … we do not like it, we do not want to play against ten men. But then you have to be careful. They scored their goal, it was given as offside. In the end, it is 2-0, a fantastic Evening.”

Klopp said before the match that Liverpool’s best chance of winning was not to be sucked into Atletico’s playing field and is happy that his team was able to beat them twice and secure qualification for the knockout stage with two matches left of the group stage.

“We would not stand a chance [fighting Atletico’s fights like they do]. Everyone is different in life. You must use your own skills. We must neutralize their competence. We have to play our football, he added.

“When I saw the group [stage draw], I did not expect us to be over after four games. But the boys did it and it is well deserved. “

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