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Liverpool's 'perfect performance'

HAPPY DAYS: Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his team

LIVERPOOL MANAGER Jurgen Klopp has hailed his team's 5-2 Champions League win over Roma "a perfect performance." The Anfield side have one foot in next month's final but will feel disappointed to have conceded late goals.

Another Mohamed Salah masterclass helped Liverpool take control of their Champions League semi-final. His brace now means that he has now scored 43 goals since his summer move from Roma. The newly crowned player of the year also assisted two other goals as his side went on a rampage.

Klopp said: "For a long time it was a perfect performance, for 80 minutes or so. We made defensively one mistake, and Dzeko can use the situation. That can happen. We knew they had quality.

"We could avoid most of that over the game, but in that position not. Then I think we agree the penalty is not a penalty, not even a handball, and now it’s 5-2.

"I would be much more happy of course if we’d won 5-0 or 5-1, but it’s still a fantastic result, I couldn’t even imagine that it’s possible. The boys did fantastically well, and we go there and try to win again.

"You start the game, you always need to learn from the game. I thought how we played them, all these runs in behind, just brilliant. In the end, it changed the game completely. We scored these goals, we could have scored more. We missed a lot of chances. That’s all positive.

"In the moment it feels not that positive because they scored two goals. But it was brilliant, come on. We obviously have to go the hard way, no problem with that. At the end it’s hard.

The night was tainted by an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Klopp added: "It’s probably a really bad injury, if we can say that already. That means a massive blow for us.

"We have still a few massive games to go, and the squad doesn’t get bigger. We need to be creative in the next few games. It’s absolutely better than I thought before the game."

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