"We caused our own problems" Jurgen Klopp relieved with win against 'difficult' Salzburg

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool players at full time. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool players at full time. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp praised opponents Red Bull Salzburg but felt his Liverpool side were almost architects of their own downfall in their 4-3 Champions League win.

Goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah saw Liverpool race into a 3-0 lead, however, the visitors battled back to make it 3-3 before Salah struck again for the win.

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Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Klopp admitted Liverpool briefly lost control of the game but overall was pleased with the performance .

“It's better to learn the lessons during the game than talk about it after it.

“I thought we were outstanding in the first 30 minutes, then the Salzburg system changed and we lost the ball so that caused us problems.

“The momentum changed and it was really difficult to get a foot in the game. We had to wait until they had scored the third goal, then we were able to strike back.”

A concerned Klopp saw his side throw away a three-goal lead. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
A concerned Klopp saw his side throw away a three-goal lead. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Following defeat in the opening game against Napoli, last year’s champions were determined to get back to winning ways in the competition.

Klopp was pleased that his side were able to rally and take the three points despite Salzburg’s efforts.

"I'm not angry,” he added. “I saw us play really well and try hard to get back into the game and score a really nice goal. You don't need to score six or seven goals.

"They are a good side but the first 30 minutes we made it really difficult for them and played outstanding.

"I told the boys they want to enjoy the whole night and they will fight back.”

Having had troubles in both games so far this campaign, Klopp is well as aware of the scale of the challenge to defend their trophy, however, doesn’t believe they have a target on their back.

“I don’t see that it matters that we are the champions, we just opened the door of the game for them.

"This is group is really difficult but we wanted the three points and now it’s game on."





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