After running riot in Slovenia two weeks ago, beating Maribor 7-0, Liverpool had created very high expectations of repeating a similar goal-fest, but things didn’t exactly go like that at Anfield. At least not in the first half.
Patience is a very important thing in football. If you have a perfect start it always makes it easier, but if you don’t carry on in a good way then the problems come back immediately
Jurgen Klopp told reporters after the Reds’ 3-0 win over Maribor, with all three goals coming in the second half.
First half, everybody saw it was not the most exciting football. It was very difficult. We knew they would play like this – anything else would have been a big surprise. There were a few problems we had. It was similar to the last game [against Huddersfield Town]
the German said, before talking about how he approached things at halftime, in the dressing room.
At half-time we told the boys we have to, first of all, stay patient – it is not allowed to be frustrated about different things. It’s about patience, but it’s also about doing the right things with the perfect timing. It’s easy to lose patience in a game like this
the Liverpool manager said. Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge put their name on the scoresheet, with James Milner missing a penalty, just a few days after Salah’s failure in their previous game in the Premier League.