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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team’s FA Cup victory over Aston Villa saw his players redeem themselves for a “massive mistake” they made in the loss to Southampton.
The Reds produced a blitz in the second half on Friday to overcome Villa’s youth team and ensure their progression.
The hosts had to deploy their youth after a coronavirus outbreak at their first-team camp throughout the week.
Nonetheless, Villa had an energetic performance and drew 1-1 before the break. Louie Barry’s goal came after Liverpool failed to add to Sadio Mane’s opener in the fourth minute.
Asked by BT sport If the lack of pace was due to his team’s struggle to take a bigger advantage, Klopp said: “Yeah, more or less on passing and moving against a team that defends deeply.
“We had too many players on the wrong side of the ball, there weren’t enough receivers for the passes.
“We had situations, centers, chances, we threw the ball on goal and in the second half we changed it.
“A bit rusty start, but [the] the second half looked exactly how we wanted.
They then pressured Klopp on his admission that Liverpool were “rusty”, which turned out to be in Monday’s defeat at Southampton.
In fact, Mohamed Salah also scored against Villa but, like Mane, he struggled to find maximum intensity on the south coast.
When asked if Friday’s victory allowed his players to shake off their frustrations in front of goal, Klopp said: “That’s different. At Southampton it was completely different.
“It is a similar problem if you want, but Southampton was from the first second on the field more than us.
“That’s a big mistake. That was not the case today, so today it had absolutely nothing to do with our not being aware of the situation. The boys were there, but in the end there is not much to gain.
“It’s getting to the next round and we take it.”
Klopp focuses on Man Utd’s big clash
Liverpool they now have an eight-day break before returning to action next Sunday. In fact, they return to Anfield welcoming United manchester, who is next to the Reds in the Premier League table.
However, the Red Devils can advance to the top with victory over Burnley in Tuesday’s game in hand.
Klopp said he intends to use the break to prepare extensively for the decisive clash.
The German He added: “It is very important, we have a lot of players without rhythm, so we will do a lot in 11v11 situations because that is the most important thing for soccer players.
“Now we have the time and we will use it for that.”
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