Friday 23 August 2019

Jurgen Klopp warns his Liverpool players FC Porto can strike back after Anfield cruise

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds fans after the match
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds fans after the match
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a press conference. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his side ‘lost direction’ in the second half of their Champions League quarter-final, as they secured a 2-0 first leg lead against FC Porto at Anfield.

Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool in a comfortable first half lead, but they struggled to click into gear after the break as Klopp admitted his players needed to be more clinical.

"We lost a little bit of rhythm and direction in the second half, but there's nothing to criticise, 2-0 is a very, very good result,” said the Liverpool boss.

"I am happy, for sure. We knew this game would not be decided in the first leg, so this is a positive outcome. We knew we had to play the second game and we cannot decide the tie tonight, so now we have to go there and fight again.

“We are happy, it is the first leg and it will be an intense second game. We scored two goals and controlled the ball most of the time.

“We gave a few too many set pieces away. I think Porto score about 40% of their goals from set pieces. We also saw one or two counter attacks, but the rest of the game we played really well.

“All good, all good. We didn’t give too much away and this is a good result in a Champions League quarter-final.

“The aim was for it to be as good as possible tonight and we managed to do that. Before the game, maybe we would have been happy with this so let’s go again next week in Portugal. Porto can strike back and we have to be ready for that.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insisted Liverpool should be satisfied with their efforts, as he echoed his manager’s frustrations at their second half performance.

“We wanted to come out in the second half and score one or two more but that wasn't to be,” he told BT Sports. “We didn't create that much and it was a bit stop-start, but overall we have to be pleased to take a 2-0 lead over there.”

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