Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was left with slightly mixed emotions after seeing his side race into a 5-0 lead in last night’s Champions League semi-final first goal before conceding twice in the final 10 minutes to give Roma hope of reaching next month’s decider in Kiev.
Klopp said: “Long term perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes or so. We made defensively one mistake.
“The penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2. Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again.
“That is all positive, at this moment it doesn’t feel all positive because they scored these two goals but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the game.
“It is absolutely better than I thought before the game but at the moment of course a a little mistake.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson added: “It felt as though we were in full control but we basically gave them two goals, you can’t do that in the Champions League. At the same time we played well, we will go there with a three goal advantage.
However, it looks like Liverpool will have to do without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was taken off on a stretcher in the first half.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury,” Klopp said.
“That is bad news for us. The squad doesn’t get bigger at the moment so we need to be creative in the next few games.”
Roma produced an unlikely comeback to beat Barcelona in the quarter-final and manager Eusebio di Francesco hopes history can be repeated.
He said: “We started well, but then we lost our heads a bit. That reaction late on was very welcome, though, and we’ve got to believe in the comeback.”
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