Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that captain Jordan Henderson was sick at half-time during his side's Europa League Round of 16 match against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night.
The revered manager has insisted that the England international, who was eventually replaced by Joe Allen after 71 minutes, felt ill before the contest.
It's testament to Henderson that he managed to play for as long as he did, especially as he was sick at the interval. Henderson and co. produced a fine performance to inspire the Reds to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
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Despite going behind on the night - Frenchman Anthony Martial netted from the penalty spot - the Reds sealed the tie thanks to a glorious effort from Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
Taking on Guillermo Varela with ease, the technically gifted star beautifully dinked the ball over David de Gea to hand the Reds a 3-1 aggregate lead. Louis van Gaal's side had no answer and failed to break their rivals down in the second half.
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Klopp has his say
Following the encounter, Klopp admitted that his side lost too many balls throughout the opening period, but praised his team for their response after falling behind.
“We knew they would show a reaction and it was much more intensive from Manchester United than in the first game,” the Liverpool boss told his post-match press conference.
“We had a little problem in the first half with second balls – they won too many second balls. Usually it’s a 50/50 situation, but in the first half I think it was 70/30 for United.
"But when we got the ball and used the time we had – because we had a lot more time than we felt in these moments – when we played football and came through it, we had brilliant moments. We created wonderful chances, big chances, but De Gea had another good night in his successful career.
“They got the penalty – I think it was a penalty – then Phil had a genius moment. Wonderful. I loved these two minutes before half-time because twice we reacted quicker than the opponent.
"There was the discussion for the free-kick, Hendo played the ball, had a counter-attack but missed the last pass, like we did in the second half a little bit more often. We had to run back but were again quicker in mind.
“Then Phil used the situation – it was a brilliant moment and decided the game tonight.”
Liverpool are in fine form and will be hoping to continue that trend this weekend as they travel to Southampton. Before last night's draw, the Reds had secured three consecutive victories and will be buoyed after their impressive showing at the Theatre of Dreams.
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