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Klopp satisfied, but 'nothing is decided'

08 April 2016, 17:23

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows that their Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund is still wide open after a 1-1 draw in the first leg on Thursday.

Divock Origi scored a potentially crucial away goal for the Reds after 36 minutes at Signal-Iduna Park, with Mats Hummels pulling one back for BVB early in the second half.

"I'm satisfied with lots of parts of the game," Klopp said.

"Our organisation was good and we were brave with our plan. And around the 1-0 we were brilliant, to be honest, really good moments. We played direct football and showed what we are capable of.

"Then, of course, against a team like Dortmund with their quality, organisation and self-confidence, you cannot defend each pass.

"So you need to be patient in the midfield, you need to be ready to get frustrated when you can't avoid the pass. We had to fight with big passion and that's what we did."

The match also marked Klopp's return to the club where he spent seven years as manager, winning two Bundesliga titles, and he admitted that he enjoyed a warm welcome, but that sentiment was put aside once the match began.

"Overall, coming back was good," he added. "The people here are very special as well. I felt good coming back. Then it moved to the game and the focus was totally on the game."

With an away goal to their name after holding their own against one of the most feared sides in Europe, Klopp admitted that the result is ideal for the Reds, but knows that "it's still 50-50" ahead of the second leg at Anfield next week Thursday.

"The away goal is good and much better than a 0-0, 100% better," he said. "But we have to play at our best in the rematch to go through. Nothing is decided.

"That's good for all supporters and all people who love football; it will be another really tight clash and I'm looking forward to it.

"Dortmund don't care too much where they play and where they score goals. Of course they're still in a very good position. But I think it was very important for us to show this Liverpool face."

- Sport24


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