Liverpool boss Klopp labels Salah 'best in the world'
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Jurgen Klopp may well be wishing he could take his pre-match comments back after Liverpool’s pulsating opening 45 minutes against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night. The Reds’ last European tie against Atletico ended in heartbreak back in 2020 when the Spanish side dumped them out of the Champions League.
And all eyes were on their group fixtures after the draw was made earlier this summer.
Liverpool’s last visit to Wanda Metropolitano proved a frustrating affair with Atletico recording a 1-0 victory.
The Reds failed to register a single shot on target that night as Diego Simeone’s side played up to their stereotypical defensive nouse.
But Klopp’s side came in to Tuesday night’s game in a rich vein of form having knocked five past Watford at the weekend.
There was no real surprise to see Klopp go with a full-strength side to start the match, but Klopp was shocked to see Luis Suarez named on the bench for the La Liga outfit.
He said: “I’d have paid good money to be in the meeting where Diego told him he wasn’t starting!”
Klopp still accepted that Atletico’s starting line-up remained really strong with Antoine Griezzman joined by Joao Felix up front.
And the Liverpool boss admitted that he was hoping for an “intense” game from the outset.
“Who knows why he isn’t starting but it’s a strong team,” Klopp added.
“Hopefully the game is that intense that we need it [five subs] because then it will be a good one.”
Klopp’s wish came true instantly as Liverpool quickly raced to a 2-0 lead through goals from Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita.
But Liverpool then failed to control the intensity of the game with Atletico soon building up some momentum.
Griezmann then twice in the space of 14 minutes to level the score to leave Klopp frustrated on the sidelines.
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