Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has praised Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos for denying the English side a bigger win following their 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first leg win Tuesday. Liverpool took the upper hand in the tie as goals from Ibrahima Konate, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz earned them a comfortable victory in Lisbon and it could have been much worse for the Portuguese club.
“We should have scored a lot more,” Klopp told BT Sport. “I think mainly because of their goalkeeper, I give him credit. Their goalkeeper was probably the best player in the game. We played well, but he made some really good saves.”
Klopp said he was happy with the win and their two-goal lead ahead of next week’s return leg at Anfield. “It was a tough game but I expected it,” Klopp said.
“They had these counter-attacks by winning the ball back in midfield which was a threat. It’s not always easy to keep the ball all the time. The further you go, the more risk you take. And they have very good players.” After Liverpool dominated the first half, Benfica made it a game after the break at a packed La Luz stadium, who brought their side back into the competition when Darwin Nunez scored in the 49th minute to make it 2-1.
“It was hard when they scored because the crowd was there straight away because they knew 2-0 is nothing, it’s good but nothing more and we saw that after that. they scored. The game was much more open than expected.” this. We won. Two goals ahead. Half time. No more no less. It would have been nice to score another one, but let’s move on. We have a good result, we know a lot more about our opponent for the second game and are aware of his quality.”
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