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Jürgen Klopp Honest on Liverpool’s Champions League Draw with Midtjylland

An ultimately meaningless game.

FC Midtjylland vs Liverpool FC - Danish 3F Superliga Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images

Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw away at Midtjylland in the Champions League full of controversy and VAR nonsense. But it didn’t matter. The Reds had won the group anyway.

Jürgen Klopp, truthfully, seemed pretty happy to just move onto the next game.

“Honestly, it’s absolutely not the mood to think about [qualification]”, the Liverpool Echo report the manager as saying. “Now, already, Fulham is in my mind. I cannot think about what happened so far.

“We feel we could have had more points [in PL]. City point was OK but Brighton & Everton should have won. Could have more.

“Now it is Fulham and they get our full focus.

“You can make changes but you need a few key positions. Fabinho in the last line played 45 mins. In midfield would have been Naby, just needs to get mins.

“How the game developed...Mo looked fine. Others it’s really difficult after a long time without 90 mins.

“Different halves. I liked the football first half, how they adapted. Taki played 2nd time that position.

“Looked much better. Had big chances which we could have used better. Wanted to build but it didn’t work out. Midtjylland were physical, direct. Didn’t defend throws.”

On youngsters Billy Koumetio and Leighton Clarkson making their debuts, Klopp felt they will [learn]. We let them have the experience. A wonderful thing to have 1st CL game but a career is about how many.

“Really skilled boys and a lot to learn. They helped us a lot. A big night for both. Thankful they are as good as they are.”

That’s really all anyone can take from this game. It was a nice opportunity for some young players to get minutes, and a frustrating use of some experienced players. You’ll forget this game happened by January. Onwards and upwards.

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