Here are four key things from the manager’s post-match press conference on Wednesday.
“We saw it coming”
After Mohamed Salah‘s penalty miss, doubts naturally began to creep in over Liverpool’s dominance and their ability to translate that into a convincing win.
Then, goals from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz turned the game on its head, with Milan clawing back and forcing the Reds into another memorable comeback.
“We saw it coming, actually; we saw the last five minutes coming in the last 15,” Klopp explained.
The manager suggested the noise inside Anfield stopped him from getting the message across to his players – but thankfully, there was enough quiet in the dressing room to turn the tide.
Honest on Origi’s future
Divock Origi‘s involvement – his first appearance of the season – came as a surprise to almost everyone, and the Belgian produced a reasonable display up front.
Klopp was honest in his assessment of Origi’s situation, saying: “I thought he would maybe leave in the summer.”
“But the football world is a crazy place and people obviously forgot how good he is,” the manager added, though it is clearly easy to forget a player whose only goal in the last 14 months came against Lincoln City…
Expect more rotation
The message from Klopp? Expect it to happen more often.
“We have to be sensible in these moments,” he said.
“We have these three boys here in the last line who all came back from long-term injuries. We have to manage that, we can’t do it differently.”
It’s going to be a tough group
“AC Milan came from Pot 4 in this group – very funny!”
Though Liverpool really should have taken their chances in the first half, that Milan were technically the lowest-rated side in Group B and ran the Reds so close is an indication that this group stage will be tough.
A trip to Porto comes next before back-to-back clashes with Atletico Madrid; no Ludogorets or Maribor this time around.
But a 0-0 draw between Atletico and Porto in their opener does put Liverpool in a strong position already…