Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp believes that their win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League was near perfection with the only blip being the injury picked up by Roberto Firmino. Diogo Jota opened the scoring before Sadio Mane doubled their lead early in the first half. Atletico Madrid then had Felipe sent off which meant that the home side could control the flow of the game as well as protect the clean sheet.
“In the second half that’s how it was [controlled and calm],” Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said. “We have had an incredible schedule and even with controlling the game, we lost a player with injury, Bobby Firmino. I can imagine people wanted to see more goals but we created still many chances, we scored a goal that was disallowed, we had incredible chances in front of goal like, ‘wow, how could we miss them?’ So I think the game was nearly perfect like we want to have it. We scored the goals in the right moments.”
“They were much more on the front foot than they were in the home game, how they started,” he added. “But we defended that well and then two incredible balls from Trent. Fantastic finishes as well, especially Sadio’s one. I think Diogo will expect from himself that he’d finish that off. But Sadio keeps the ball, passes to the outside, and is then greedy enough to get into the box and finish that situation off.”