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Jurgen Klopp admitted that Diogo Jota was replaced after suffering an “ankle ligament injury”, and complained about what Liverpool were struggling to do against Inter.
Liverpool got to taste their own medicine for 75 minutes against Inter Milan. The Serie A champions pressed hard and fought every single match in the middle of the park. At the break, Inter were at the top of the duel division and the ball possession was split 50/50.
Liverpool, however, remained calm, where especially the central defensive pair Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate were excellent.
A draw 0-0 in the away match would have been a practical result after the abolition of away goals. Substitute Roberto Firmino, however, went a better one as he looked home from a corner.
Mohamed Salah came on the field after a largely quiet evening, putting Liverpool in the seat with a two-goal lead before the return leg at Anfield.
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Talking to BT Sport after the match, Klopp confirmed that Jota sustained an ankle ligament injury. But despite the extent of his injury not yet known, the fact that Klopp confirmed that Jota could have played on has given hope that the problem is not serious.
“I’m really happy, except that Diogo obviously had to get rid of something around the ankle strap,” the German manager said.
“We’ll see, we do not know exactly, but he could play on, which may be a good sign. But at the break it was still raised, so we had to switch.
“So other than that, it’s just another strong performance, and I’m really happy about that.”
In terms of the match in general, Klopp described the competition as “incredible”, after Inter Milan went toe-to-toe with the Reds. However, he lamented that Liverpool could not maintain possession for extended periods despite the intense pressure from Inter.
“It was an incredible physical battle and we had to find a way,” Klopp added. “In a match like this, you have to hold the ball longer, and that did not happen often enough.
“We did not have a brilliant day, but we had a good enough day to be a deserved winner.”
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Van Dijk enjoyed the San Siro boiler
Virgil van Dijk also spoke to the press and told BT Sport: “Hard place to come, a very good team.
“Hard to break down and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the crowd. Set-piece again and that is a good strength for us. A good result to take back to Anfield.
“You try everything and they did very well defensively. But Bobby found the pitch and a great goal. It’s a well-deserved victory, very hard work.
“Everyone expects to be under pressure, it’s the Champions League. The message before was that you have to be ready to suffer and do the hard work.
“It’s a very good performance, clean sheet and happy days.”
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