Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, claiming that he produced the 'perfect performance' against his side in their Europa League quarter-final showdown on Thursday night.
Speaking after the game, per Liverpool's official website, the revered boss also hailed his team's goal after forward Divock Origi had opened the scoring in Germany. Klopp's side failed to hold out for the victory, but will be buoyed by their 1-1 draw away from home.
But the Reds could have scored more than one away goal at the Westfalenstadion. Origi could have easy added to his tally, while Philippe Coutinho was also denied by the outstanding Weidenfeller.
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And it's safe to say that Klopp, on his return to Dortmund, was extremely impressed with his former star.
The Liverpool boss stated: "Their biggest chance in the first half was when they played a chip ball behind the line, [Marcel] Schmelzer with a cross and then Mama blocked the ball – that was really brilliant play. Usually they have more of these moments, so we did really well.
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Klopp speaks out
"We scored a wonderful goal, quick in mind, really cool. A nice pass from Alberto [Moreno], nice run by Milly and flick-on, and Divock scored like he played the whole game – brilliant. In the second half, a set-piece, and how it is in football that’s a fault of all of us.
"I decided to have Adam Lallana in this position instead of Divock Origi, sorry for this. We could have avoided the cross, of course; then Mats Hummels scored the goal but we were still in the game. [For] our really big chances, Roman Weidenfeller did really well, a perfect performance. At the end it was open. I think we deserved the draw."
Similar performance required
The Reds certainly produced the goods on Thursday night, but there's still a long way to go in this tie. Klopp and co. won't be resting on their laurels in pursuit of success and must produce another huge performance at Anfield next week.
Despite his side's crucial away goal, the German coach has insisted that the tie is still very much in the balance.
He continued by saying: "We saw the game – it’s still 50-50. Dortmund don’t care too much where they play and where they score goals. Of course they’re still in a very good position. But I think it was very important for us to show this Liverpool face. A lot of people thought a lot of things about our probable or possible performance, and maybe they are a little bit surprised.
"I’m really happy with the performance. The away goal is good and much better than a 0-0, 100 per cent better. But we have to play at our best in the rematch to go through. Nothing is decided. That’s good for all supporters and all people who love football; it will be another really tight clash and I’m looking forward to it."
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