Jurgen Klopp hailed an “adult performance” from Liverpool after they claimed a 2-0 win over Inter at San Siro.
The Reds were far from at their sparkling best in the first leg of the sides’ Champions League last-16 tie but still carved out an aggregate advantage thanks to late goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
And Klopp was delighted to see his team prove once again that they can pick up results from games where they do not find top gear.
He told BT Sport; “We had to fight. We started really well, played around their formation in the beginning, but then the direct play with the switches to the wing-backs we didn’t defend too well.
“Too often our full-backs were alone in the one-on-one situation, it doesn’t work properly like that.
“In a game like this you have to keep the ball longer and that’s what didn’t happen long enough.
“But you cannot come here and hope that you have a brilliant day and that’s the only chance to get a result.
“We had not a brilliant day but a good enough day to be a deserved win. We scored two wonderful goals, yes they had their moments [and] counter-attacks, but mainly counter-attacks when we lost the ball in the wrong spaces.
“It’s another adult performance and I’m really happy about that.”
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