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‘It’s more important’ – Liverpool duo Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane react to Benfica win

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‘It’s more important’ – Liverpool duo Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane react to Benfica win

The sensational Liverpool duo Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane were fast to compliment Liverpool’s victory in their Champions League quarter-final which is far from complete after the 3-1 first-leg win at Benfica on Tuesday.

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Ibrahima Konate and Sadio Mane gave the reds the lead 2-0 up inside 34 minutes, with Diaz netting their third goal late after Darwin Nunez scored one back for Benfica early in the second half.

Highlights: Benfica 1-3 Liverpool

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“It was a tough game. We were obviously on top [in the] first half, created good chances, probably could have went in a couple more up.

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Jurgen Klopp and Andy Robertson (photo by Getty images)

“Then we wanted to keep it tight and unfortunately we didn’t manage to do that. They obviously got a goal, which lifted the crowd, lifted them and they started winning balls, we started getting a bit sloppy and things like that.

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“So, the third goal was big but there’s definitely still work to do. He [Diaz] got a nice reception from the start, obviously playing for one of their rivals and things like that.

“So, a good finish from him, a really important goal for us. It gives us a two-goal cushion, which makes a difference, and it’s important that we make that count now.

“Next week, it’s still a big game. We want to be in the semi-final and we’ve still got a lot of work to get there. But with our fans at our stadium, we can hopefully get the job done.”

Sadio Mane

“Like I always say, the team is winning – that’s more important [than me scoring].

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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“I scored a goal today, I’m happy but more important were the goals we scored. We’re waiting for the next game and to get the job done at home.

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“A great start [to the week]. We can’t expect better than that and it will help us to prepare for the next game.”

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“Not True”-Jurgen Klopp reacts to Andy Robertson’s blunt claim that Liverpool are getting worse

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“Not True”-Jurgen Klopp reacts to Andy Robertson’s blunt claim that Liverpool are getting worse

Liverpool were beaten by Brighton for a second time in a matter of weeks, with Roberto De Zerbi’s team following up their 3-0 league victory by eliminating the Reds from the FA Cup.

Andy Robertson’s claim that Liverpool was getting worse after the FA Cup champions were eliminated from the competition, according to Jurgen Klopp, was neither true nor wrong.

At the Amex Stadium, Liverpool took on Brighton in an effort to defeat the Seagulls for the first time in three efforts this season. Although Harvey Elliott gave the opposition the lead, goals from Lewis Dunk and Kaoru Mitoma sent the Seagulls to the fifth round.

Reds Left-back Robertson spoke honestly about the team’s recent decline following the game. Some may think that Klopp’s choice of words when dismissing the Scottish international’s suggestion was highly telling.

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“It’s not 100 per cent true but it’s not 100 per cent wrong,” Klopp said. Liverpool’s defeat was their fourth since the World Cup, with Manchester City eliminating them from the EFL Cup and Brentford and Brighton beating them in the Premier League.

“Of course, we wanted a new start, that was clear after the World Cup. So far it hasn’t happened properly, that’s true.

“That means we have to keep working, there’s nothing else you can do. There were good performances today as well, good moments which we need to build on.”

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In both of Liverpool’s losses to Brighton, Robertson played all 90 minutes. This time, the Merseyside club was seconds away from earning a draw and a replay when Mitoma brilliantly intercepted a cross from Pervis Estupinan and volleyed past Alisson.

“We need to start winning games,” the left-back told ITV Sport. “It’s easy to say, but harder to fix and it’s proven that way. This season has been nowhere near good enough, at the turn of the year we wanted a new start. But it’s not got off to that…it’s probably been worse.

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“In the league, we’ve not been good enough, we lost in the League Cup to Man City by one goal and now we’re out of both cups. It’s really disappointing. You can’t put your finger on one thing because it’s more than that and it’s about putting a performance together where all these things click.

“You can tell we aren’t as confident in front of goal and you can tell that defensively we are too open. We need to get the confidence back, but it’s easier said than done.

The only way we pick up results is you have to score goals and you have to be able to keep clean sheets and we’re not managing that.

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“We’re not managing to do that and we need to do it quickly. But we keep saying that and that doesn’t help the fans. I feel sorry for them, we aren’t putting a show on them at the moment.”

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“Much more complicated”-Jurgen Klopp makes two angry complaints after Liverpool defeat to Brighton in FA Cup defeat

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“Much more complicated”-Jurgen Klopp makes two angry complaints after Liverpool defeat to Brighton in FA Cup defeat

Following his team’s 2-1 FA Cup loss to Brighton on Sunday afternoon, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has voiced two concerns.

The Reds, who currently hold the trophy, had entered the match seeking to advance to the competition’s fifth round. But a goal in stoppage time cost them, preventing them from getting a repeat at Anfield.

Liverpool entered the game hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened in their 3-0 defeat to Brighton 15 days ago. However, they suffered another disappointing loss to their season plunge to another low.

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Lewis Dunk gave Brighton the lead in the 39th minute, setting up wild celebrations all around the Amex. Then, Liverpool equalised with Harvey Elliot, who was one of the Reds’ standout players for the day.

Kaoru Mitoma scored the game-winning goal for Brighton in the 92nd minute to hand their opponents yet another defeat. In the post match, Klopp spoke and brought up two concerns with his team’s defeat.

He also bemoaned Trent Alexander-lack Arnold’s of assistance while lamenting his team’s two goals conceded from set pieces.

As quoted by beIN SPORTS, the German said: “It was obviously a completely different game to the last one that we played here and I won’t get compliments from my colleague. But obviously, we didn’t come here to play a little bit better but we did definitely and we wanted to go through and that didn’t happen.

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“And if you can’t go through, you want to have another game and it didn’t happen because of the late goal. The game was obviously completely different to the one we played a couple of weeks ago here.

“It was much more complicated for Brighton, we had more of our own situations, scored a wonderful goal. Good situations first half. Again, gave too many easy balls away where they can take counter-attacks.

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“They were actually in the first half the best situations that they had when we gave them the ball unnecessarily.

“And then they score two goals from set pieces which is so tough to accept. They did it and so we don’t go this year to the next round.”

The Liverpool boss continued to publicly criticise his side for the way they approached set-piece situations throughout the game and claimed that they have to be better both defensively and in attack. He continued: “I general, I think we can do much better.

“It’s not that we played a sensational game and got knocked out but it was better than whatever couple of weeks ago here. Much better against a really good side, we cannot forget that. That’s how it is. You have to work through that. You have to use your own chances around set pieces.

“I know you are there for those periods where you concede more than you should but it’s actually the easiest to defend as well. Not for us now today.

“We have to be much better in these departments. It just feels like the disappointment is really big because we concede this late goal and that’s really tough. We cannot change it anymore so we go from here.”

Klopp will be racking his brain on how he will be attempting to get the Reds back on track. One suggestion put forward to him was further signings.

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(Video) Konate almost scores goal of the season with incredible long-range effort

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(Video) Konate almost scores goal of the season with incredible long-range effort

Liverpool began proceedings in the second-half with far more aggression and intent and actually came close to finding an effort via unlikely scorer Ibrahima Konate.

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The Frenchman raced into the opposing half in a manner some might suggest was Joel Matip-esque before attempting to catch Kepa Arrizabalaga off his line with a speculative effort.

The shot went just wide of the post in what was a clear warning sign for Graham Potter’s men.

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Liverpool confirms midfield transfer as Jürgen Klopp explains plan and Diogo Jota injury update

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Liverpool have confirmed a January transfer move while Jürgen Klopp has been speaking about his summer plan and offered a Diogo Jota injury update.

Jürgen Klopp has told his team that the Reds would be making significant changes amid a transfer overhaul, but that won’t happen until the summer when several of his players’ contracts expire.

“At Borussia Dortmund, it was clear when I left (in 2015), I said something has to change,” Klopp said in the second part of his press conference. “It is a different situation (here). Either the manager’s position changes or a lot of other things change.

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“So, as far as I am concerned, what I hear — unless someone tells me (different) — I will not go. So that means maybe there is a point where we have to change other stuff.

“We will see but that is for the future, like summer or whatever. Not now. I have space and time to think about it.

“We have to play better football now. We cannot play and say: ‘OK, these are the problems but next season we don’t have them anymore’. That is a really long time. I cannot promise we will fly tomorrow but what I want to promise is that we really fight and everyone can see it.”

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But if they manage to finish in the top four this season, it will be much easier to make such changes. Without Champions League football for a season, it will be considerably more difficult to sign Jude Bellingham and other major targets.

Jürgen Klopp has offered an update on Diogo Jota’s fitness as he continues his recovery from the long-term injury that has already forced him to miss the World Cup.

“I don’t know exactly how long but he looks really good,” Klopp said in the second part of his press conference. “He’s out there on the pitch doing a lot of stuff already. Another few weeks?”

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When asked if Jota would be available for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal matchup against Real Madrid next month, Klopp said: “From my point of view, yes but I don’t know.”

Colombian winger Luis Díaz is also on the recovery trail. He posted an update from the AXA Training Centre on social media yesterday.

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(Video) ‘I can’t remember a worse game’ – Watch Jurgen KIopp’s full answer as Liverpool boss admits he’s hit new low

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(Video) ‘I can’t remember a worse game’ – Watch Jurgen KIopp’s full answer as Liverpool boss admits he’s hit new low

The dreadful loss Liverpool suffered against Brighton & Hove Albion, in Jurgen Klopp’s opinion, marks a new low in his managing career.

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And the Reds manager rejected claims that the defeat was a “one-off” as his team’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League took another severe hit.

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At the AMEX Stadium on Saturday night, two goals in the second half from Solly March and another from substitute Danny Welbeck condemned Liverpool to a 3-0 Premier League loss.

In response, Klopp expressed his deep concern by evaluating the reverse without comparison over the course of his 22 years as manager.

“It’s my job to make the right line-up and set up the right tactics,” said the Reds boss. “I had really nice moments doing that but, I’m not sure if it’s because it’s only a few minutes since the game, but I can’t remember a worse game.

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“I honestly can’t and I mean all (my career) not only Liverpool and that’s my responsibility. So that makes it a really low point.”

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