Liverpool managed to achieve victory over LASK from Linz much more difficult than expected. Jurgen Klopp's team was losing 1-0, but they managed to wake up and win 1-3 in the end. Klopp has tested several young players, from whom big things are expected.
The German expert emphasized that his team will have a more difficult task than some expected. The Europa League has great quality. ‘I know how the world is and I know that people expect us to fly through this competition.
It will not happen. It will not happen in the group stage, it will not happen in the knockout stage. It will not happen. We have to dig into it and that’s what we did. It was a massive learning curve tonight, the opponent suffered much less from the pitch than we did, which is a little bit normal because we had the ball more often.
But besides that we had to get used to it. So we can learn so much. '- he said, as quoted by METRO.
Jurgen Klopp and Ben Doak
Klopp is angry with his team, as they neglected the great Ben Doak. ‘If we would have used Ben Doak a little bit more often, given him the ball, I think he would have got the ball more times on the touchline and passed the ball inside or whatever.'
Klopp also commented on the performances of the other players. Few of them did not deliver what Klopp expected. When you have such a chance, you have to use it. However, Jurgen is relaxed and focused on the next challenges. 'Stefan [Bajcetic] found a way into the game after a rather difficult start, but we caused him problems obviously with the timing of our passes.
Ryan [Gravenberch] played a super game in really difficult circumstances and was really decisive for us. Ibou [Konate] could get 80 minutes I think, Stefan could get minutes. So there were so many positives and I am cheeky enough to be really happy about that game.’
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