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