Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp stated he cherished that his aspect had been “so clever” as they beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-zero to attain the Champions League final 16 as Group E winners.
The defending champions, who wanted at least a factor to development, have been at the ropes at instances in the first half of against a facet who had scored 87 desires in 24 games.
But from the moment Naby Keita headed in Sadio Mane’s move, there was handiest going to be one winner.
Mohamed Salah clinched victory one hundred seconds later with an awesome right-footed finish from a ludicrously tight angle.
“I couldn’t have more appreciate for what Salzburg is doing,” stated Klopp. “I know how human beings see it – you suspect being the satisfactory group in Austria is ‘OK’.
“Then you spot how excellent they’re, how excellent they were within the first recreation [the Reds won 4-3 at Anfield], how suitable they were towards Napoli and Genk after which you could come right here as the current Champions League winner and misunderstand that scenario.
“And I find it irresistible, I actually love it that my team is so smart that they concentrate and they put in a shift in like that. Salzburg become unbelievably strong, specifically within the first half, but we as properly have been equipped for that combat.”
Klopp’s aspect wanted the three factors to top the group because Napoli beat Genk 4-zero.
The Reds will find out their Champions League last-16 combatants in Monday’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland (eleven:00 GMT). Real and Atletico Madrid are each feasible opponents.
Salzburg drop into the Europa League last 32. Their 19-12 months-vintage striker Erling Braut Haaland had probabilities to score however did not come to be the first player to score in his first six Champions League appearances.
“It became a chunk like a heavyweight boxing contest,” said Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch. “We fought in reality difficult, however they fought lower back. In the cease they got two more punches in. That’s how close the margin is among victory and defeat inside the Champions League.”