Liverpool FC — Jürgen Klopp’s analysis of Liverpool 2-1 Ajax

But we did really well. We had these quick set-pieces, quick restarts with Thiago, stuff like this, where we tried to make an advantage in these moments. Sometimes you have to wait a bit longer. But that it was a set-piece, I think nobody was surprised because our set-pieces tonight were really good and I have no idea why we didn’t score earlier from them because pretty much each set-piece was a threat. Great goal, then ball not in, then linesman raised his flag, which I really don’t know why; maybe he saw first that the goal was in or he has it as well in his watch. Then big celebrations and the face of Joel showed exactly how we all felt in that moment.

On whether the character Liverpool showed was the most important factor of the night…

It is the most important thing. Nobody gets carried away tonight, it’s not that the boys sit in the dressing room and cannot get their arms down. So, it’s more relief; we showed us and the outside world we understood, we reacted. The boys really reacted, I liked that a lot. It was a super-intense game. But how it is in life, when you have a problem you want to sort it. If you want to sort it, we all hope as human beings that we sort it immediately, ‘done’. So now we put a bigger shift in, now we work harder again and that means immediately we will get everything back. But that’s not like this.

If you want, the whole story of the game is maybe a real help. I don’t think we need it, especially now with a two-and-a-half-week break until we play again, which is strange. But I was not surprised when they scored, not at all. Not because I thought we defended that bad that they should have scored, no, just because it’s pretty likely in situations like this that they don’t need a lot. And the goal they scored was incredible. I think pretty much each other shot Ali would have saved but this one was not to save, put it in the far corner. Yes, reaction to show that we are still able to do these kinds of things, that was the most important thing tonight.

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