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Liverpool were brilliant, but we needed more quality in the second half, beams Klopp

By Robert Jones

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was thrilled with his side's handsome win over Manchester City last night but he was unimpressed with their lack of attacking threat in the second half.

Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane netted at Anfield as Klopp's men beat the Premier League pacesetters 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

"The result is not what we expected but we needed to play more football in the second half," said Klopp. "They did not have a lot of chances but we didn't play much football ourselves. It is only half-time - 3-0 up, good.

"The first half was brilliant. It was how football should look. We knew about the quality of City but also about our quality as well. If we could control the game better against a team like Man City and not give the ball away we would be closer to them in the league.

"We defended the passes really well, but I wanted us to play more football. But I am not angry, it is all good.

"We lost one player to injury (Mo Salah) and another - the captain (Jordan Henderson) - to a yellow card so it does not feel good. Mo said he feels good but we will have to see about that.

"If we want to see games like this then the Premier League have to think about the fixtures. We have to find players now for what a lot of people say is the biggest game of the season. I do not feel good about this right now. If I don't play my best XI against Everton then we know what happens."

City's bus was attacked before the game and boss Pep Guardiola commented: "Yesterday you explained I am new here, that it was going to happen. Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they try to avoid it from happening.

"So I did not expect that from the Liverpool side, their people. One year ago something happened in Dortmund so we come here to play football and I don't understand this kind of situation. The bus is destroyed but I did not expect a prestigious club like Liverpool doing this.

"It is not Liverpool, it is the people, but hopefully it does not happen again."

Guardiola added: "We started with enormous personality but they scored. We continued to play but they scored two more goals. They had 10-15 minutes in the first half when they were better.

"In the second half we tried everything but couldn't find a goal. The first two goals, we had control of the game but they scored. I don't have too many regrets or complaints.

"We'll see what happens. It is difficult but we believe."

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