Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino saw Liverpool take a commanding lead into the second leg of their Europa League Round of 16 clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford next week with the Brazilian carrying on his fine run of form against our age old rivals.
“Our game in the first half, we had more chances and could have scored more goals. But that’s how it is in football. We forced one goal with a perfect pass in the box,” explained Reds boss Jurgen Klopp in his post-match presser. “In the second half, scoring the second goal was very important. We did it and it was absolutely deserved,” said the German manager, keen to point out the hard work that lead up to Firmino’s goal. “It was a great performance from the first until last second.”
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While there’s no question that we should have scored more with the visitors there for the taking, it’s hard to argue with the result — or with that fact that Firmino, who has a staggering eight goals and four assists in his last 13-outings, has completely shaken off the premature “flop” tag he picked up after a big money move from Hoffenheim last summer.
“[David] De Gea is a good goalkeeper, it’s no surprise,” said Klopp, full of praise for the industrious Spaniard. “You have to carry on and create more chances, and score goals. In football, it’s really rare that you use each chance you have,” mused the Liverpool boss. “It’s not too important how big they are; one or two were really big tonight but it’s absolutely OK. 2-0 is a perfect result,” he said with a smile. “Of course, if possible we would have liked to win a little bit clearer, but everything is OK and there is nothing to criticise tonight.”