Jurgen Klopp has admitted to being impressed with Vinicius Junior’s performance for Real Madrid against his side.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted to being impressed with Vinicius Junior’s performance for Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
The Real Madrid forward scored two goals in a 3-1 win, which puts Los Blancos in a good position ahead of Wednesday’s second leg at Anfield.
“I was impressed [par Vinicius], not surprised, “Klopp said at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.
“He’s obviously an exceptional talent. Everyone knew that before Real Madrid signed him, but he clearly got better …
“On the second bit, I think we could have defended, the other [son premier] was just a great long ball, a great first touch and a great finish.
We tried to avoid the passes in his direction, which is a big task actually, but impressed yes, surprised no. “
Another Real Madrid player Klopp had praise for was Toni Kroos, who played the long ball for Vinicius’ opening goal.
“He’s been one of the greatest talents in German football for a long, long, long time. He’s been a great player since he was very young,” Klopp noted.
“He did amazing things for Bayern [Munich], then made a courageous transfer to Real Madrid, and there he became one of the most successful club footballers in the world and a World Cup winner.
“Obviously it’s been a pretty successful career so far. There’s still a lot to come from him too.”
“He’s a nice person, we don’t know each other very well but obviously I appreciate him and I admire him because he’s just a wonderful footballer.”
“He’s really hard to defend because he can change the game from deep areas. It’s a good package, to be honest.”
Liverpool will try to make a comeback without a home audience now.
“When there is 3-1 it looks like you’ve already come out and you don’t have much to lose, but we’ll try and go,” Klopp added.
“That’s the job we have to do. They were better than us in the first leg and we weren’t as good as we could have been, but it’s the first half.