Klopp enjoys ‘nearly perfect’ night as Liverpool achieve ‘first target’

Jurgen Klopp suggested that Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid was “nearly perfect” as they secured their spot in the Champions League knockout stages.

Liverpool were on the front foot from the early going and they went a goal ahead inside the first 15 minutes. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ball in was met by Jota, who headed home past Madrid ‘keeper Jan Oblak.

Alexander-Arnold was in the thick of the action for Liverpool’s second as well. His low cross into the area was converted by Mane.

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Atletico Madrid’s battle to get back into the game was made more complex in the 36th minute. This came as Felipe was sent off for bringing down Mane.

Luis Suarez had a goal disallowed for Madrid in the second half. Liverpool kept their two-goal lead intact as they earned all three points.

The English giants have now won all four of their Champions League group games and they are through to the knockout stages.

As reported by BBC Sport, Klopp said that Liverpool scored in the “right moments” against Madrid:

“In the second half of course, that’s how it is. We lost a player through injury with Roberto Firmino. People want to see more goals but we did create more chances. I think the game was nearly perfect,” Klopp said.

“We scored the goals in the right moments. They were much more on the front-foot with how they started than the home game but we started well. They were fantastic finishes as well, especially Sadio Mane. With the red card, well, you don’t like that, you don’t want to play against 10 men but in the end it’s 2-0 and it was a great night.

“The referee was [in control] but I really hate the moment when I had to take off Sadio Mane. You could see that every challenge in the air, you don’t know what could happen. I didn’t like it but in the end, you have to do it.

“You earn a lot of money to win Champions League games! The first target was to get through this group. But we did it with two games to go. What can we do? We will have to see. I didn’t expect we would be through after four games but the boys did it and it’s really well deserved.”

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