Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged his players to stay focused by citing the notion that Villarreal talisman Gerard Moreno is likely to return for their Champions League semi-final second leg. The Reds will head to Spain with a 2-0 lead after a professional performance at Anfield, and only a major trip-up stands between them and a major European final.
After the final whistle, Klopp said: “It was a brilliant game to be honest. We kept them quiet which was important due to the counter-attacking threat. We tried to be direct and mix it up, play through the lines and between the lines.
“We had a lot of good moments. Both of our goals were outstanding. In football, you show respect to the opponent by the way you defend them. The counter-press was outstanding and the boys were in the game from the first to the last second.
“For the next leg, Gerard Moreno will be back and maybe another player, so this is not over, but that’s no problem.”
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