Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised his Liverpool team’s performance but admits they “could have scored more” after beating Manchester United 2-0 in the Europa League last-16 first leg tie.
The Reds came out 2-0 winners on the night courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino and are now in pole position to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
In their first ever European tie against Manchester United, Liverpool dominated but could regret not taking a string of chances with United goalkeeper David de Gea making a number of fine saves.
And Liverpool manager Klopp admitted that his side could have scored more in the tie, but was happy to claim the win having lost their last four games against Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “It was not too bad to be honest. We were really good from the first second, everything was there but we could have scored more.
“That sounds crazy I know but we had the chances. In the end, 2-0, if you said this before the game of course I take it. But it’s not over, we go to Manchester but it’s the best thing we could do.
“It was a great atmosphere, I am so pleased for all of the people who have had harder times with us this season. Tonight was the first part of paying them back.
“We gave them no time in any situation. I’m really pleased for Joe Allen, he has not been playing and I don’t like this but he showed how strong he is.
“No matter how you play against Manchester United it is always difficult to make chances,” added the German. “We could have scored more goals in the first half, but that’s life.
“Scoring the second goal was very important. We know it is only the first leg but we needed to win it and we did. We are in a good position now, we want to go through to the next round.
“The atmosphere tonight was unbelievable. Really great and I want to say thank you to everyone that was involved. That was Liverpool how I knew it before I came here.”