Klopp explains what changed to lead Liverpool to brink of collapse v Salzburg

Date published: Wednesday 2nd October 2019 10:38 - Samuel Bannister

Jurgen Klopp said that he was not angry despite Liverpool nearly blowing a three-goal lead against RB Salzburg in the Champions League.

The Reds raced into an early three-goal lead thanks to a tidy finish from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson finishing off a fluid passing move, and Mohamed Salah adding a third.

Hwang Hee-Chan fired home for Salzburg just three minutes later though, with a well-taken volley from Takumi Minamino reducing the deficit to one in the second half, before in-demand striker Erling Haaland scored with virtually his first touch since coming off the bench to remarkably level things up.

With Liverpool shocked, it took a powerful Salah effort to spare their blushes by restoring their lead and sealing the win.

Klopp told BT Sport what caused Liverpool their difficulties in the game.

“It’s better to learn the lessons during the game than talk about it after it,” he said.

“I thought we were outstanding in the first 30 minutes, then the Salzburg system changed and we lost the ball so that caused us problems.

“The momentum changed and it was really difficult to get a foot in the game. We had to wait until they had scored the third goal, then we were able to strike back.

“I’m not angry – I saw us play really well and try hard to get back into the game and score a really nice goal. You don’t need to score six or seven goals.

“[Salzburg] are a good side but the first 30 minutes we made it really difficult for them and played outstanding.

“I told the boys they want to enjoy the whole night and they will fight back.

“This is group is really difficult but we wanted the three points and now it’s game on.”

 

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