Klopp hails Sakho and Lovren; discusses Hendo sub

Date published: Friday 18th March 2016 9:40

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Jurgen Klopp says Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren “were not too bad” against Manchester United.

The central defenders were impressive as Liverpool drew 1-1 with United, securing passage to the Europa League quarter-finals as a result.

Sakho was in particularly excellent form at Old Trafford, making 427 clearances. Is he Brendan Rodgers’ biggest mistake and Jurgen Klopp’s greatest success?

Speaking after the game, manager Klopp was effusive in his praise for Sakho and Lovren, who continues to improve after a difficult start at Anfield.

“Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren were not too bad to be honest,” he said. “They had a lot of close situations and had to find some solutions – legal solutions – it is not so easy.”

Discussing the substitution of captain Jordan Henderson, Klopp added: “He is ill. Can I use the word vomiting? At half time he did this so we asked if he was okay and he said yes. But it was clear [there was something wrong].”

Liverpool are now second-favourites to win the competition with most bookmakers, and Klopp is keen to avoid a showdown with the favourite – and his former club – Dortmund.

Asked whether he would like to draw the Germans in the next round: “Dortmund? Of course not! Why should I want the strongest team in the tournament in the next round? I’m not that silly!

“But if we go there, we will try to win. I’m pretty sure there are no easy games now, we have to be prepared.

“I have contacts with my Dortmund friends, they all would like to play against us – but in Basel (in the final).

“But you saw all the results, there are only good teams left in the race. It’s cool. Last eight? Perfect.”

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