Liverpool humbled Manchester United 2-0 in the first-ever clash between the two sides in Europe at Anfield on Thursday night (10 March) and Jurgen Klopp has praised every player that was involved during the course of the 90 minutes. The German manager believes every individual contributed his best to help the Reds put one foot in the last eight of the Europa League.
Nathaniel Clyne was the first to receive praise from the manager, as apart from his defending, he was also instrumental in winning the penalty that Daniel Sturridge put away to open the scoring. It was his run that drew the foul from Memphis Depay that led to the spot kick, and he was also involved in the build up for the second goal.
Simon Mignolet also received praise despite the Red Devils having just one shot on goal during the entirety of the match. The manager believes his concentration levels to stay focused during corners and set pieces contributed in the Merseyside club keeping a clean sheet. Apart from the duo, the manager also praised every other player on the pitch including substitutes Joe Allen and Divock Origi.
It was surely Liverpool's biggest win of the season, and the manager has acknowledged it while admitting that his team could have increased the margin of victory on a night when United failed to create any chances in the final third.
"It's not the first time that Clyney has played well and been very important for us. But tonight, if we start giving grades, if you want this, then there are a lot of good grades," Klopp said, as quoted by Liverpool's official site.
"Simon Mignolet, we can start with him, he was really good. Everything, absolutely no mistake in this game and it's difficult to stay concentrated when you always know each cross or corner or each free-kick is really dangerous because [Marouane] Fellaini is on the pitch."
"Emre and Hendo did a brilliant job, Phil, Adam, great, Roberto, Daniel, as long as he was on the pitch, that was really good. The substitutes, Joe Allen when he came in [was] so important, so good. Divock Origi, [gave us] again the control of the game because they couldn't play like they wanted because they knew each bad pass was a counter-attack because Divock and his speed is dangerous too. It was good, so I don't have to compare the players — tonight I'm really pleased with all of them," the former Borussia Dortmund manager explained.