Klopp: ‘Perfect for 80 minutes’

Jurgen Klopp felt Liverpool put in “a perfect performance for 80 minutes or so,” but can’t feel entirely positive after two late Roma away goals.

The Reds were 5-0 up at Anfield at one stage in the Champions League semi-final, with Mohamed Salah scoring two and providing two assists, but Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti’s penalty sealed the 5-2 result.

“A perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes or so. We made defensively one mistake. Penalty is not a penalty, but that is the situation and now it is 5-2.

“Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again,” the Liverpool manager told BT Sport.

“We had all these runs behind, it changed the game completely and they couldn’t cope with that. We scored these goals and could have scored more.

“That is all positive, at this moment it doesn’t feel all positive because they scored these two goals, but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the game.

“It is absolutely better than I thought before the game but at the moment of course a little mistake.”

Liverpool were forced into a substitution after 18 minutes when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was stretchered off with a knee sprain.

“Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury. That is bad news for us. The squad doesn’t get bigger at the moment so we need to be creative in the next few games.”

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