Adam Lallana has heaped praise on both the Liverpool players and Jurgen Klopp after our encouraging 1-1 draw with Dortmund on Thursday night, though he still believes we should have scored more.
The first leg of the quarter-final saw Divock Origi bag what could prove to be a vital away goal before Mats Hummels headed home an equaliser for the Germans just after the break.
“It was almost the perfect execution of his gameplan,” Lallana said. “If we’d won 1-0 or 2-1 it would have been massive, but we did very well in a tough test.
“A lot of energy was used, especially in the second half when they held onto the ball well. It was a big effort from us, but we also had some really good chances during the game.
“Coutinho had two shots saved, there was Lovren’s header and Divock could have got another on the night, but they’re a top team and I think we would have taken this result before the game.” (via official site).
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He knows that our inability to grab the second goal could be costly, however.
“There’s maybe a little disappointment that we didn’t score again since we created some good openings, but they’re going to have to come at us at Anfield next week as they go after an away goal too and hopefully that will suit us well.
“We knew they’d be dominant, especially in possession but we were ready to pick off their mistakes and exploit them in behind.”
Lastly, he spoke about Origi’s brilliance – adding his own voice to the growing choruses of praise for the 20-year-old.
“Divock was brilliant, especially on the counter-attack. He was really excellent and deserving of his goal, and we’d have loved for him to have got another.
“He worked hard and did exactly what the team needed from him.”
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