Jurgen Klopp has explained why he chose to give Adam Lallana and Danny Ings a run-out as Liverpool beat Porto 5-0 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Reds played out a 0-0 draw in the second leg after their comfortable victory in Portugal with Klopp making changes for the return clash at Anfield.
“We did the job and that was it tonight,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“It wasn’t the most exciting game but we controlled it, had a few chances, got a clean sheet and gave some boys some minutes. I am pretty sure it is rare to have a game like this in the knockout stages.
“We needed to be serious and we were so all good. Of course, we want to win two games at this stage. When you watch the game you always think ‘oh come on, a little bit more here or there’ but they did well and it is all good. The attitude was outstanding.
“Adam [Lallana] needed a few minutes to get into the game but then it was really good and very important for him to play that long. He played 90 minutes by the way.
“Danny Ings got 30 minutes in the Champions League too which is nice for him. He knows he could have scored but I am happy for him.”
Klopp made five changes for the match but played two of his front three in Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for 62 and 74 minutes respectively while 32-goal forward Mohamed Salah was sent on for the last 20 minutes.
Critics will question the Red boss’ wisdom in doing so with Manchester United at Old Trafford up next at the weekend, but the German insists he was doing his Egypt international a favour.
“Everyone thinks about injuries but that can happen all the time,” he added.
“Now we thought we give him, if possible, the last 20. If it is 15 he trains again on Wednesday.
“I told him if he really runs a lot he does not have to train so I thought he was quite lively.”
Of the other changes Klopp said: “(Andrew) Robertson had an issue but not big. It was not about rotation, only about the next line-up.
“It was not too intense for Sadio even though he was lively. It was very important for Adam (Lallana), getting used to the rhythm, and for Ingsy (Danny Ings) a few minutes.
“Joe Gomez playing after a few weeks was important. Now we can prepare the Manchester game and I am looking forward to it.”
On potentially drawing an English team in the quarter-final, Klopp continued: “I don’t mind to be honest. I don’t care. We take it how it comes.
“We don’t wish for anybody. We played whoever we get. That is how it is. There are five English teams in and at one point we will play them so we will see when it comes.”
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