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‘It was a perfect night… until Willian made a cross’ – Jurgen Klopp pleased by Liverpool’s performance against Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp spoke to talkSPORT at the end of Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Jurgen Klopp has admitted he was impressed by Liverpool’s performance against Chelsea, with only a Willian ‘cross’ ruining the night for the Reds.

The spoils were shared at the end of a thrilling 90 minutes at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah’s opener cancelled out by a Willian goal scored with only five minutes remaining.

The Brazil forward chipped Simon Mignolet from the corner of the penalty area, and on repeated viewings the goal looks as if it was a mistake – a wayward cross that tricked the goalkeeper – rather than an attempt to actually score.

But the finish pulled Chelsea level and ensured they would be heading back to west London with a point.

Despite the result, Klopp had words of praise for his players and was complimentary of the performance they put in against Antonio Conte’s side.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Klopp said: “We did well. We were the clear [sic], more active team. We did well and scored a wonderful goal and had more chances.

“It was a perfect night for us.

“The atmosphere was great and everything was really good… until Willian made a cross. That is the problem of the night.”

Klopp sprang a few surprises when the teamsheets were revealed, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both kept on the bench in favour of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge.

The starting duo were impressive enough – if hardly outstanding – and Klopp appreciated the fact a rotated squad could hold their own against the Blues.

“It was really good to see how they all took to the job and what they threw onto the pitch,” he continued. “They were all really well. I don’t know exactly how many changes because we made a line-up and don’t count the players we change.

“But they did all well, and I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight. But that is the only way to get a point against Chelsea.”

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