Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool were briefly swept away by their own brilliance against AC Milan in the Champions League.
Liverpool edged an Anfield classic 3-2 but had to come from behind after Milan struck twice on the stroke of half-time.
The hosts had dominated proceedings early on and taken the lead through Fikayo Tomori’s own goal, before Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz scored within 110 seconds late in the first half.
Mo Salah responded quickly in the second before Jordan Henderson’s excellent winning strike, with Klopp of the belief Liverpool “deserved” their three points.
“We started incredibly well, played a super-intense game but football-wise as well really good,” he said.
“We didn’t give them anything until we got punished in the last few minutes before half-time. We got a bit carried away by our own football, we didn’t keep it simple offensively and not organised defensively any more.
“It wasn’t nice but it didn’t feel like we could not come back in the second half,” Klopp added. “We had to change immediately to get back to how we started and then we scored wonderful goals. Both were incredible and won the game and I think it was deserved.”
Left-back Andy Robertson also noted how Liverpool were taken aback by Milan’s sudden first-half response.
“It is one of them, enjoyable for the neutral and I am sure the fans in here loved it by the time we got ahead,” he told BT Sport.
“First half an hour we blew them away. Then we got sloppy and stopped doing the things we were doing really well. We let them back into the game and walk in at half-time thinking ‘how have we let this happen?’
“It was important at the start of the second half to come and forget about the last ten minutes and come out and do what we did for the first half-hour.
“We got an early goal and then what a strike by Hendo and then we were able to see out the game. They didn’t really have chances after that which is really pleasing. We know how tough the Champions League is and how important it is to start with three points.
“There wasn’t much to solve. It was the last ten minutes the gaps in midfield got too big. They found spaces between us, which is always dangerous, especially when the wingers start to go inside. As soon as we closed the gaps there was no room to play.
“When you play in this tournament it is against good teams. We need to be smarter. Really tough but we managed to come out second half, play our football and enjoy it again.”