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Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool: It’s only half-time of Villarreal tie

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Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool: It’s only half-time of Villarreal tie


Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool still has it all to do in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Villarreal, despite the first leg ending in a convincing 2-0 win.

During a two-minute second-half spell, the Reds carved out their advantage that saw Pervis Estupinan put through his net and Sadio Mane get on the scoresheet.

The visitors managed just a single shot across the 90 minutes, which failed even to test Alisson.

However, Jurgen Klopp is taking nothing for granted ahead of the return leg in Spain next week, saying at a media conference after the game:

“The entire work is [left] to do. Nothing has happened yet.

“You play a game, and it’s 2-0 at half-time, you have to be entirely on alert, you have to be 100 per cent in the right mood, and you have to play the second half like you played the first.

“There’s nothing to defend. If you do that, you give all the advantages you might have had away immediately.

“We know we go there, and it will be a tricky atmosphere for us, different to tonight.

“Those players, you saw it tonight, fight for the coach with all they have.

“I liked that everybody could see that we fight with all we have, and it’s always the same.

“If they beat us with the result that brings them to the final, they deserve it.

“And if not, then we deserve it. That’s how the competition is.”

Liverpool had taken 12 shots without scoring in an opening period that saw Villarreal frustrate.

But Klopp did not ask his team to change things during the half-time break instead of asking for more of the same from his players.

He added: “We spoke at half-time. I thought we looked fresh in the first half and had good legs.

“It’s intense for us to play the way we play, but it’s extreme for the opponent to defend us.

“It was the challenge, how it is for all human beings when you try and fail and fail [not to] think, ‘Come on, it’s not my day!’

“We had to stay positive and try and fail, try and fail, and keep trying. And that’s what we did.”

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