English giant Liverpool won a thrilling match with Mo Salah and Nunez’s late goals. Last night, they faced Napoli at Anfield to play the final game in the Group A of the UEFA Champions League.
The match was heading towards a draw at Anfield, but Mohammad Salah helped the home team take the lead. He found the net in the 85th minute. Moreover, Liverpool doubled their lead in injury time as Darwin Nunez scored a stunning goal in the 90+8th minute.
Despite winning the game against Napoli, Liverpool still remain in 2nd place. Although they have equal points as Napoli (15), the GD helped Napoli to stay on the top. As a result, Liverpool will face Bayern Munich or FC Porto in the Round of 16.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reaction
Liverpool are having a tough time in the English Premier League. They lost their last league match against Leeds United. So the pressure has been rising on the boss. However, the victory against Napoli will surely give relief to Jurgen Klopp.
During the press conference with the club media after the match, Klopp said, “The reaction I wanted to see. We all agreed that we have to show a reaction – and we did, in a very difficult game against a really good opponent. We were compact, and so it was never easy for Napoli to play out.”
The manager added, “You see a football-playing side, in all moments they could play out you saw immediately how good they are in one-on-one situations and collectively as well. But we did really well. How I said, we kept the spaces small, and all of a sudden we found challenges. All of a sudden we have the challenges, then we can win challenges. The distance was there, a lot of good counter-pressing moments, good football moments.”
Liverpool’s defense was very shaky in the match against Leeds United. The strikers easily broke their defense. But Liverpool showed a strong defensive performance last night. Therefore, Manager Jurgen Klopp praised his defense.
Klopp said, “To be really [that] when we defend, we defend with all we have, what we did tonight. We were really compact, really close to the challenges and then in the challenges we showed the determination we have to show.”
“We are Liverpool, a top team. Nobody forgot what we did last year, the boys didn’t forget that, but it’s now not important really. But we showed tonight everything. We showed pieces of really, really, really good football, and the defensive stuff was on a high level,” the manager stated.