Jurgen Klopp has said that his Liverpool players were ‘pretty much perfect for 80 minutes’ of their Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma on Tuesday night.
Liverpool were 5-0 ahead in the 69th minute of the match, but conceded twice in the final nine minutes to ultimately record a 5-2 success at Anfield.
Klopp was keen to pay tribute to his side for their overall performance, although the German refused to hide his disappointment when discussing the two late goals that the Reds conceded.
“Long-term perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes or so. We made defensively one mistake. Penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again. We had all these runs behind, it changed the game completely and they couldn’t cope with that.
“We scored these goals and could have scored more. That is all positive, at this moment it doesn’t feel all positive because they scored these two goals but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the game. It is absolutely better than I thought before the game but at the moment of course a little mistake.”