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Jurgen Klopp hails ‘absolutely outstanding’ display as much-changed Liverpool side see off AC Milan

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Jurgen Klopp hails ‘absolutely outstanding’ display as much-changed Liverpool side see off AC Milan

Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his Liverpool side after they proved far too good for AC Milan at the San Siro.

The German made eight changes to the team for the final game of the group stage, but those on the pitch produce an impressive performance as Mo Salah and Divock Origi gave Liverpool a 2-1 win.

The Reds became the first English team to win all six of their matches in the Champions League group stage, and Klopp was full of pride for how they secured that record.

“Very proud, especially because of the sixth game,” Klopp said.

“We needed fresh legs today, and desire to play this game, which is really difficult in the hectic schedule we have to be always on fire for the next game.

“What the boys did tonight, I couldn’t be more proud to be honest. It was an incredible game, I’m so happy about so many things that I saw.

“Of course in the end that we won the game is great as well, but the performance was absolutely outstanding.

“We defended with passion and good organisation. So many good things I saw, really happy.”

Salah has now scored 20 goals in all competitions this season, and it was a surprise to see him in the starting lineup alongside Sadio Mane.

Klopp believes it was important to keep some continuity in the side to ensure the right balance.

“We made eight changes. Alisson is a goalie, so he could play and wanted to play desperately,” Klopp said.

“The same for Sadio and Mo. The game they played tonight is absolutely outstanding. The quality they have and the physicality they bring in a game like this, how much they help defensively.

“It’s a mix of fresh legs and then quality as well, and it was a really good mix tonight.”

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