Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool 100 per cent deserved their 2-0 win over Porto but admits they had a problem in the second half by giving away too many counter-attacks.
The Reds took a giant step into the Champions League semi-finals as first-half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino gave them a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg in Portugal.
Porto players were adamant Mohamed Salah should have been sent off for a high challenge on Danilo Pereira with ten minutes remaining but the Egyptian went unpunished following a VAR review.
While Klopp was satisfied with the result at Anfield, he knows there is is room for improvement after Liverpool gifted Porto chances to score a crucial away goal in the second half.
We deserved the win 100 per cent, we scored two wonderful goals, we were in a lot of really dangerous situations. Overall it was a really good performance, the German said after the final whistle.
Two-nil is a really, really good result, I would probably have taken that before the game and Ill take it now.
They had too many set-pieces because they are really good in there and we dont want to give them away but thats how it is. They went for it as well but we defended them well.
The problem was a little bit in the second half, we gave one or two counter-attacks away and then we had to control it again a bit more.
We lost a bit of direction, didnt play that clear any more. We were still around in the box and all that stuff, which was good, but defending counter-attacks we had to work really hard which costs you a little bit and you lose a bit of rhythm.
But all good. Two-nil, the game is still on, we have to go there and fight. Porto will try everything to strike back and that will be a really tough game again.
Klopp claimed there were a lot of good performances against Porto but singled out Keitas display on Merseyside.
Naby was a few times a bit unlucky in situations, and had to find his way back into games if you want. But he was in it from the start, he said.
We hoped it would be like this because last game he got better and better, minute by minute, so we wanted to buiRead More – Source