Joel Matip scored in the Champions League after nine years to help Liverpool produce one of the narrow football scores of the midweek action. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Mohammed Kudus equalized for the visitors in the 27th minute. Just when it looked like both teams would share the points, Matip scored the winner in the 89th minute.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “I think if we put the two games next to each other you would not recognize it as the same squad. Braver, more ready, everything was better. I think the story of the game is kind of typical. We played a lot of good stuff against a strong side, full of confidence, absolutely convinced by how they play, and we caused them a lot of problems. We are 1-0 up and we concede with the first chance of the opponent. That is what I mean by typical. A proper setback. The reaction was OK [but] the pressing was not as convincing as before. That is what we tried to do in the second half. It was clear we had to keep trying to play football. We did that really well. Sometimes you have to wait a bit longer. It was a set-piece but I don’t think that was a surprise. The face of Joel showed exactly how we all felt.”
“When he finds a date for that, he can call me. The big sports in America, have four-month breaks. It is completely different in football. Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well? I am not sure people want to see that. Did he really say that?”
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