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Juergen Klopp Praises Benfica Keeper for Denying Liverpool Bigger Lead

Liverpool supervisor Juergen Klopp heaped reward on Benfica keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos for denying the English facet an even bigger victory after their 3-1 win of their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday. Liverpool took the higher hand within the tie as targets from Ibrahima Konate, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz earned them a cushty victory in Lisbon and it might have been a lot worse for the Portuguese membership.

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“We ought to have scored rather more,” Klopp informed BT Sport.

“I feel, primarily due to their goalkeeper, credit score to him. Their goalkeeper was in all probability the sport’s finest participant. We performed nicely, however he made a few actually good saves.”

Klopp stated he was glad with the win and with their two-goal benefit forward of subsequent week’s second leg at Anfield.

“It was a troublesome sport however I anticipated it,” Klopp stated.

“They had these counter-attacks as they recovered the ball within the midfield that was a menace. It’s not all the time simple to maintain the ball on a regular basis. The additional you go, the extra threat you are taking. And they’ve actually good gamers.”

After Liverpool dominated the primary half, Benfica made a sport of it after the break at a packed Luz stadium, that roared their workforce again into the competition when Darwin Nunez scored within the 49th minute to make it 2-1.

“It was robust once they scored as a result of the group was there instantly as a result of they knew that 2-Zero is nothing, it’s good however nothing greater than that and we noticed it after they scored. The sport was rather more open than we anticipated.

“That’s it. We received. Two targets up. Halftime. Not extra, not much less. It would have been good to attain one other one, however let’s preserve going. We have a very good outcome, we all know rather more about our opponent going to the second sport and are conscious of their high quality.”

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