Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he is pleased with his team’s performance after a tough start with injuries and illnesses.
“It’s all about showing a reaction – you cannot influence the things that have happened to you in life. You can influence the response you show – and I like the response, to be honest,” Klopp told the media ahead of facing Midtjylland on Tuesday.
“The boys were really ready to work extremely hard again, show real resilience and fighting for results. All those kinds of things are important. I expect them, actually, but after the very, very long good times we had, people react differently.
“They did exactly what I thought they would do – they fought and we won both games.”
“The 4-0 against Atalanta was not a 4-0,” the German manager said. “It didn’t look like that kind of game. They were really in it and possession was pretty level.
“They are a football-playing side with different ideas. They are flexible as well, so it’s a challenge, a real challenge. We have to be ready for it.”
He also spoke about Liverpool’s last Champions League campaign.
“We played a really good game at Madrid (when they lost 1-0 in the first leg), people forget that,” he said. “Played a super game at home and lost, sounds crazy. What can you do more? If you use your chances, you go through. Performance-wise, it was not a problem.
“It was a strange time. We heard a lot of things, the last game before lockdown. This is not an example of how we should do things, football-wise.
“We love the competition, even when we got knocked out too early. It’s the Champions League, Anfield but no crowd, but it’s still the competition we love.
“We have to show that again tomorrow night. There are no guarantees, but a lot of opportunities.”