Jurgen Klopp left purring after ‘incredible’ six, as Liverpool set record with win over AC Milan
This ‘six’, of course, referred to the number of wins the Reds achieved in the group stage of the tournament, making them the first English side in history to boast a perfect record ahead of the knockout rounds.
Goals from Mo Salah (36’) and last-gasp goal specialist Divock Origi (55’) cancelled out Fikayo Tomori’s opener, and proved to be enough for Klopp’s men to earn all three points, which ultimately proved to be as useful to them as an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guide to football management.
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While Klopp hailed Liverpool’s ‘incredible’ achievement of winning all six of their group stage games, he was more focused on praising his much-changed side for their performance against Milan.
“Honestly, I don't feel pride a lot in football because most of the time I expect good things to happen,” said Klopp, who made eight changes from his team’s 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday.
"But tonight, there was a lot of pride, an exceptional performance; I don't mean because we won six games, I mean this game because it was so good with that many changes.
“It is easy for me to make the changes, but the boys have to be confident enough to show how good they are and I saw so many good football things tonight which is incredible. And we won all six games, which is absolutely incredible and just another chapter for this group of players.
“It's not a prize (winning all six) and you win something; I'd have taken each points tally to go to the next round but 18 is the best so we take that as well.”
The other English club to play in the Champions League today was Manchester City, who – having already secured top spot in Group A – lost 2-1 to the energy drink inspired German outfit RB Leipzig.
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Liverpool will next take on Aston Villa in the English Premier League (EPL) this Saturday, while table-toppers Man City will play Wolves.