Klopp rues Henderson blow as Tuchel thanks keeper

Date published: Friday 8th April 2016 8:22

Jordan Henderson injured Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp rued Liverpool’s luck after Jordan Henderson was injured at Borussia Dortmund, who Thomas Tuchel admitted were indebted to their goalkeeper.

The visitors were resolutely solid at the back in an impressive first half of their Europa League quarter-final first leg tie in which Divock Origi, preferred to Daniel Sturridge up front, scored.

However, just three minutes after the break Mats Hummels equalised with a header after beating Adam Lallana to a quickly-taken short corner, a goal which Klopp shouldered the blame for.

Klopp was happy with most aspects of his side’s performance, but the potentially serious knee injury suffered by Henderson was an obvious downside for the German.

“Jordan is really frustrating because each team in the world needs a little bit of luck but it looks like we don’t have it,” said Klopp.

“We need to wait for the scan and we hope for the best, but it doesn’t look good.

“I don’t want to speculate, what can I say until we have the scan, but it is not a small thing, I think, but we have to wait.”

The result ensured neither set of supporters went home disappointed on Klopp’s return to the club he left in May after seven years.

“Of course this was an unusual situation with everything around the game, it was different than we were used to,” Klopp said.

“There was applause which I took for me and I made a small gesture in return. The people here are very special and I felt good coming back, it’s a special place to come to.

“I am satisfied with a lot of parts of the game, the organisation was good, we were brave, organised disciplined, everything good.

“I think we saw the game is still 50:50 and Dortmund don’t care too much about where they are playing or where they score a goal.

“They are still a very strong team but people thought a lot about our possible performance so they are perhaps a little surprised now.

“An away goal is really good, 100 per cent better than a 0-0.”

Tuchel admits his side struggled to cope with Klopp’s game plan and were indebted to goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, in particular for two saves he made in quick succession from Philippe Coutinho in the second half.

“We wanted to play with freedom and normal – our normal game – but we were tense and cramped in our style,” Tuchel said.

“It as a great performance (by Weidenfeller). I think that is fair in terms of his attitude and professionalism.

“It was an excellent performance in goal and his stunning saves kept us in the match.”

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