The first half really saw both sides going for it, with big chances at both ends. In the second half, though, the game was Liverpool’s, with two terrific goals sealing the deal. Naby Keita was able to thrive in this fixture while Mohamed Salah put some missed chances behind him to score a terrific goal from a tight angle. Jürgen Klopp was delighted.
“What a team”, Klopp told BT Sport, as reported by BBC Sport. “What an effort. It was a tough game.
”They started so direct. They did so many smart things. We were ready to defend it. It was a very tense game.
”In the second half they couldn’t cope with the intensity. We scored two wonderful goals. We could have scored six or seven which is crazy. We won the group, we won the game, all good.
”First half, we had to put a proper shift in. When we had the ball we had sitters and didn’t score. Then Mo [Salah] scored the most difficult situation of the whole night - he scored that goal.
”I have no idea [how]. With his quality, how he didn’t score one or two of the others I have no clue.
”So many sensational performances. This kind of attitude, it’s great. A tricky one but we did it.”
If we’re being completely honest, the Champions League is a secondary concern for Liverpool right now. The Premier League title will never be more winnable than this year. The absolute priority is to keep on track in the league and get it done. Anything else will be seen as a failure. But, you know, it’s nice not to be playing on Thursday nights and that, so this is a key win in that regard.