‘I Like The Desire We Showed’ — Klopp Praises Liverpool Despite Europa League Knockout

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Jurgen Klopp has redirected attention to the Premier League following Liverpool’s loss to Atalanta in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.

Despite winning the second leg 1-0 with Mohamed Salah‘s penalty, it wasn’t sufficient to overcome the 3-0 loss in the first leg at Anfield.

With the opportunity to potentially win their 20th league title, Klopp emphasized the positives from their improved performance against Atalanta as they prepare for Sunday’s match against Fulham.

“We won the game and that’s the reaction we wanted to show,” he told TNT Sports. “We knew that it would be difficult; Atalanta deserved to go through and that’s fine and we can now focus on the league. That’s exactly what we’ll do from now.

“There are mixed emotions; disappointed that we’re out, but I’m happy with big parts of the game. Let’s put a line under this competition, we would’ve wished to go to Dublin. That didn’t happen, and now we have one competition left and we throw everything we have into that.”

Klopp discussed Thursday’s match in more detail and praised his players for their strong desire to try and make a comeback in the game.

“The two results show we didn’t lose it tonight; we lost it at home,” he explained.

“It was clear that we gave ourselves a massive hurdle. But I liked the game a lot for a long time; the commitment, the power and the desire that the boys showed was incredible.

“If Trent [Alexander-Arnold] was a bit fitter, he could go a bit longer. How he started the game was absolutely insane; they had no clue how to defend that, but he was running out of gas slightly and we missed that. The longer the game went on, we went very offensive, but then lost that structure they changed defensively and pressed us high; we couldn’t create chances properly.

“We won a game, we are back to winning ways now and we have two-and-a-half-ish days’ time to make sure we recover for the game against Fulham, which will be a tricky one.

“We have to see who can go again.”

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Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.