Liverpool got the job done tonight.
A Curtis Jones winner from a goalkeeping error was enough to hand the three points and thus qualification the Reds’ way. Jürgen Klopp was understandably pleased.
“Honestly since I was at Liverpool that feels like one of the biggest Champions League nights”, BBC Sport report the Liverpool manager as saying. “Without supporters in, it was the most important, most difficult, most exceptional.
“With the circumstances, there hasn’t been much to smile about, it’s been tricky, and the boys throw themselves into the game. Robbo has a proper knock on the ankle and pushes himself through, Hendo with a sore back, Gini - I have no words for him. Curtis Jones, what a game, It’s amazing, I’m really proud.
“Curtis is a really good kid, a good player and I am happy to have him around. Sometimes with injuries there is always an opportunity and he has taken it.
“I really think Adrian has done a fantastic job for us, he kept a lot of clean sheets, played everywhere. But now we needed the natural football playing ability of Caoimhin Kelleher. He is a good shot stopper as well. We made that decision but you never know how they are going to cope. I am really happy with how calm he was and how good he was.
“We had a long talk with Neco Williams this week, we think he has more in the locker than he has shown so far. The season started after a difficult summer with lockdown, a short pre-seaosn and then Trent Alexander-Arnold is out.
“Neco was not in the best shape but he’s on the big stage - tonight he showed glimpses. He can be so much better still.”
That’s that, Liverpool are through and can concentrate on the league a little more for the rest of 2020. It’s been a bruising campaign so far, but it’s still vital to get this in the bag and move forward.