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'That was the message’: Robertson shares what Henderson told Liverpool’s players at half-time tonight

Andy Robertson explained what Jordan Henderson and Jurgen Klopp told the Liverpool team at 0-0 against Villarreal. The Reds won 2-0.

Liverpool took a vital 2-0 lead in the Champions League semi-final vs Villarreal on Wednesday night. It’s one that makes the second leg a lot more routine – just avoid a two-goal defeat.

We imagine Jurgen Klopp is absolutely thrilled with that one, then. He can now afford to rotate at El Madrigal next week, which could be all-important in the title race, too.

But it wasn’t simple on the night. Villarreal defended resolutely, keeping the score to 0-0 at half-time. Liverpool needed to come out with the right gameplan and find a way to break their opponents down. They did that, of course, with two quick goals to wrap things up.

So what exactly was said in that half-time team talk? Andy Robertson explained things in an interview with BT Sport on full-time.

“That was the message [not to get frustrated] from [Jordan Henderson] at half-time and the gaffer,” said Robertson. “They were just saying that we were playing well in the first-half, probably the best stuff we played and we didn’t get a goal for it.

“But we kept going and kept trying to be patient and luckily with a big deflection, we managed to get the breakthrough.”

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That was exactly the message Liverpool needed. They were in complete control of the tie, playing well and stopping Villarreal from creating a thing.

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It did feel as though the goal was always coming. In fact, no team had ever had as many first-half shots without scoring in a Champions League semi-final than Liverpool did tonight (12).

Fortunately, they kept things going as they were and found their goals. Klopp was even able to rest players. Now they’re in a magnificent position to reach the final and compete in the Premier League. Perfection.

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