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‘Tough game’ – Klopp picks faults in win as Liverpool are ‘not in dreamland’



Jurgen Klopp picked out some faults in Liverpool’s win over Benfica in Portugal in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Liverpool travelled to face Benfica in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

Liverpool will give rivals hope and fear in equal measure

The Reds made a great start to the first leg as Ibrahima Konate headed the English side in front early on. Before the break, Sadio Mane finished off a brilliant move to make it 2-0.

Konate made an error after the interval. He failed to clear and this enabled Darwin Nunez to pull a goal back for Benfica.

Liverpool were able to stay ahead and Luis Diaz restored their two-goal lead on the night with a couple of minutes to go.

Diaz’s finish could prove to be decisive as Liverpool look to book their place in the semi-finals. The return leg takes place at Anfield on April 13.

Klopp said after the win that the first leg “was much more open” than he wanted it to be:

“Coming here and winning an away game in the Champions League is tough,” Klopp stated (via BBC Sport).

“Benfica fought for their lives, we gave them a little bit too much but they deserved the goal as well, even though we could have defended better – they had counter attacks, it is not easy to keep the ball all the time and the more risk you take, they have really good players.

“It was a tough game, what I expected, the crowd was there, we knew 2-0 is nothing, nice but not more. They score the goal and it was much more open than we wanted but the goalie was probably the best player and made a couple of really good saves – we are two goals up, half-time, let’s keep going.

“We usually score more [in those situations] but we didn’t, mainly because the goalie, credit to him, and that is pretty much the story. We could have scored in the last minute, 4-1 would be nice but we are not in dreamland here.

“We know much more about our opponent, they won at Ajax, we are aware of the quality and have a nice game in between but then we will be ready again.”

Andy Robertson acknowledged post-match that Diaz’s goal is “big” for Liverpool:

“It was a tough game, on top first half and could have gone in a couple more up, then we wanted to keep it tight but they got a goal which lifted the crowd and we got a bit sloppy. The third goal was big.

“He [Luis Diaz] got a nice reception from the start, playing for one of their rivals, but a good goal for him and a two-goal cushion makes a difference. Hopefully, we can get the job done.

“I got quite a few lighters thrown at me [taking the corner], maybe it will stop them smoking – so take the positives from it. But you should try not to throw things on the pitch because it can hurt people, luckily none hit me.”

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