Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool fans for their “unbelievable atmosphere” on a “perfect night” for Liverpool against Manchester United.
The Reds were excellent as they beat United 2-0 at Anfield, with goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino helping the hosts ease to victory in the Europa League round of 16 first leg.
A relatively comfortable win hands the hosts the advantage heading into the return leg at Old Trafford next Thursday. Read 16 Conclusions on the game. Go on. You know you want to.
Liverpool could have scored more in truth, with United indebted to goalkeeper David De Gea, who made numerous saves to keep his side in the tie.
“De Gea is an excellent goalkeeper, no surprise there, but we are in a good position now,” the Liverpool manager said. “I don’t think we are through, but after creating so many chances the second goal was important.
“We have not found it easy to make chances against Manchester United in the past but tonight there were a lot. I think 2-0 is a perfect result. Everything is OK, nothing to criticise.
“Tonight we were good from the first minute to the last, and apart from a few minutes in the second half when United changed their system, we controlled the game. It is only the first leg, but we needed to win it, and that’s what we did.
“The atmosphere was unbelievable, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed,” Klopp said of the vocal support at Anfield. “As I said, it was a perfect night for us, and the supporters played a full part. Being involved in that was special. It was the Liverpool I imagined before I came here.”