Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp insists “nothing has occurred but” regardless of a 2-0 Champions League semi-final win over Villarreal giving them a major benefit for subsequent week’s second leg in Spain.
The scoreline didn’t replicate the sample of the sport, which Klopp’s aspect dominated from the primary minute to the final in what was a extra comfy tie than they may have anticipated.
However after a goalless first half, through which the Reds tried 12 pictures, the match was received within the house of 133 seconds.
Jordan Henderson’s cross deflected in for a Pervis Estupinan personal purpose and was shortly adopted by Sadio Mane’s twentieth strike of the marketing campaign.
Liverpool have now received 9 matches within the Champions League this season, a membership report for a single marketing campaign, and in doing so that they equalled the landmark of 43 victories in a season set in 2019-20.
However Klopp is not going to permit complacency to creep in as they chase an unprecedented quadruple.
“It’s a harmful scoreline. How a lot work is left to do? The complete work remains to be to do. Nothing has occurred but,” he stated.
“To be 2-0 at half-time it’s important to be 100 per cent in the precise temper and play the second half like we performed the primary half.
“We all know the opposite recreation will likely be a difficult ambiance for us. These (Villarreal) gamers noticed that tonight, this coach, they combat for it with all they’ve.
“And what I like is that we additionally combat with all we have now. It’s at all times the identical. In the event that they beat us with a consequence that takes them to the ultimate, then they deserve it; if not, then we deserve it. That’s how the competitors is.
“However everybody may see we fought with all we have now. We performed a very good recreation, now in six days we play once more and we have now to ensure we’re prepared.
“We’re 2-0 up and that’s higher than earlier than the sport however we all know we’re not by. So maintain going, no downside.”
Villarreal boss Unai Emery, whose solely victory in seven makes an attempt over Klopp got here when he was in control of Sevilla for the 2016 Europa League last, admitted his aspect escaped with a two-goal defeat.
“They had been higher than us, they’ve been higher over the 90 minutes,” he stated.
“We needed to play a greater recreation, create higher probabilities on purpose for ourselves, however we would have liked to be on the defensive rather a lot.
“We needed to win, we weren’t capable of. We needed to attract, we weren’t capable of.
“We needed to maintain the scoreline right down to 1-0 and we didn’t. We needed to get on the scoresheet and we weren’t in a position to try this.
“We didn’t create any probabilities in any respect, we by no means received close to their purpose. Two-nil is a transparent, apparent consequence, a deserved consequence.
“It may have been a worse hill to climb. The one factor now’s 2-0 nonetheless provides us an opportunity to have a distinct efficiency at residence. We’re nonetheless alive.”