Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp is delighted with the way his much-changed team has handled AC Milan in the San Siro to set a new record by becoming the first English club to win all six Champions League group matches.
Klopp made eight changes from Saturday’s breathless win over Wolves with only Alisson Becker, Salah and Sadio Mane retained.
“Honestly, I don’t feel proud of football because most of the time I expect good things to happen,” he said.
“But tonight there was a lot of pride, a special performance; I don’t mean because we won six games, I mean this game because it was very good with lots of changes.
“I can easily make changes but the boys have to be confident enough to show how good they are and I witnessed a lot of good football tonight, it was unbelievable. .
“And we won all six games, which is unbelievable and just another chapter for this group of players.
“It’s not a prize (win all six) and you win something; I counted every point to get to the next round but 18 was the best so we took that too. ”
Klopp was particularly pleased with their defensive performance, bringing in a brand new full-back – which featured Nat Phillips for the first time of the season – and midfield.
“I really think we defended exceptionally well,” he added.
“Milan’s plan is to play in the centre, through the spaces between the winger and our number eight.
“We made it complicated because of the disciplinary work of all the players.
“I have to say that Nate Phillips and Ibou Konate played a special game, a completely special match.
“The way they defended tonight was brilliant, I’m really proud of the boys.”
Milan enter the match hoping to secure a place in the last 16 if the results go their way but defeat means they finish bottom of the table and their Champions League second leg comes to an end.
“We learned a lot in these six games. It was not the match and the result we wanted tonight,” coach Stefano Pioli said.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/mohamed-salah-liverpool-ac-milan-goals-champions-league-b1971690.html Jurgen Klopp proudly hails ‘exceptional performance’ after sixth win from six