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  • Updated: April 28, 2022

Liverpool's Klopp Praises Mane, Says Job Is Not Done Against Villarreal

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp called on his side to stay completely alert after their 2-0 Champions League semifinal first-leg win over Villarreal on Wednesday.

Liverpool dominated from the start at Anfield, with two quick-fire second-half goals putting them on the verge of a third Champions League final in five seasons.

Klopp, however, who has won all four of his home Champions League semifinal matches as a manager with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool – seeing his teams score 15 times while conceding three – insisted the job was not done yet.

"It is now halftime (in the tie), no more, no less," Klopp said. "There is still a full job to do, nothing happened yet.

"The best example is you play a game and it's 2-0 at halftime. You have to be completely on alert in the second half and have to be 100 per cent in the right mood.

"They could play the second half like you played the first half, and if they do that then all the advantages we have go away. We go there for the second leg and it'll be a tricky atmosphere, obviously different to tonight. Their players fight for their lives, for their coach."

Sadio Mane, who scored the game-clinching second goal 133 seconds after an own goal had given Liverpool a second-half lead, continued his fine run of form to take his recent tally to six goals in his last seven in all competitions.

Mane's poked finish was his 14th goal in the Champions League knockout stages, the joint-most of any African player along with Didier Drogba.

Since his first campaign in the competition in 2017-18, only Karim Benzema (16) has more knockout stage goals than Mane.

"He is having an outstanding season and is an outstanding player," Klopp added. "He is world class and had another really good game tonight.

"Historically, we have to win something like the Champions League (for Mane) to win the Ballon d'Or (for the world's best player). I think most of the time it is like this. If you're not (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo.

"Sadio wants to contribute and wants to help the team and that's what I love most of all."

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 TABLE

UEFA Champions League
No Teams P Pts
1 Liverpool 13 28
2 Atletico Madrid 9 11
3 FC Porto 6 5
4 AC Milan 6 4
No Teams P Pts
1 AFC Ajax 7 18
2 Sporting CP 6 9
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 9
4 Besiktas 6 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 11 24
2 Inter Milan 6 10
3 Sheriff FC 6 7
4 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 8 19
2 Benfica 11 12
3 Barcelona 6 7
4 FC Dynamo Kyiv 6 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Villarreal 16 17
2 Manchester United 7 11
3 Atalanta 6 6
4 Young Boys 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Lille OSC 11 11
2 FC Red Bull Salzburg 6 10
3 Sevilla 6 6
4 VfL Wolfsburg 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Chelsea 13 19
2 Juventus 12 15
3 F.C. Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 5
4 Malmo FF 6 1
Full Table

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Villarreal Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.  usually abbreviated to Villarreal CF or just Villarreal, is a Spanish football club in Villarr...

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