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‘For Salzburg, it was not a friendly’: Klopp delivers verdict on 1-0 defeat, discusses Nunez’s performance

 

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RB Salzburg edged out Liverpool as they won the pre-season friendly 1-0 in Austria.

Jurgen Klopp delivered his verdict on the game: “No, for Salzburg it was definitely no friendly. For us not as well. Salzburg had these kinds of harsh challenges, but they do really well; all with respect to Salzburg, they do really well.

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“Sometimes I didn’t like the challenges too much but it’s fine, nothing happened there I think. How I said, first half too many mistakes. We set the boys up and it’s all fine, they can do much better and they had good moments as well.

“But especially the first half, the majority of players have to get used to what we do.

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Darwin was much too often alone. Everybody dropped, everybody was involved in the build-up but too wide and we could only pass the ball to Darwin in the box.

 

“He had his moments and nearly scored, but he needs much more support around him. You keep other players busy that they cannot focus on him. So many things.

 

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“Second half, imagine now Darwin would have been there in the box, that would have helped as well. It is like it is – doesn’t feel great, but we take it and go from here.”

 

Liverpool had 75% possession, 25 shot attempts (with seven on target) and almost thrice as many completed passes as their opponents.

However, it was just not their night as the keeper stood strong and the finishing from the team wasn’t close to the required standard.

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