Cape Town - Jurgen Klopp reserved praise for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
after the Liverpool midfielder scored a brace on his return to the Champions
The England midfielder, who missed virtually all of last
season with a serious knee injury, scored the first two in a 4-1 win against
Genk – the second a sublime strike off the underside of the crossbar with the
outside of his foot – but Klopp felt both the player and the team could have
"It was absolutely a great moment for him, but I would say
with Ox his performance was exactly the same as the performance of the team –
the goals were great, but all the rest could have been better," said Klopp.
"That's how it is, but it's no problem. The (second) goal
was sensational and very important for us. Wonderful."
Liverpool led 1-0 after a messy first half in which the
hosts could have scored three times.
Part of that was due to Klopp fielding an untested midfield
of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Fabinho and also because he was without
50% of his regular back-four with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip
Despite acknowledging that Liverpool "had a lot of good
moments" in the game, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also on the scoresheet,
he also pointed out that some of their play was sloppy and the players took
some unnecessary risks.
But having got the "job done" and three more points on the
board it leaves Liverpool second in Group E behind Napoli, who won 3-2 at Red
Bull Salzburg and sit one point ahead of the reigning champions.
Their next game in Europe is the return fixture against Genk
at Anfield on Tuesday, November 5 but first, a visit from Tottenham in the
Premier League on Sunday.
- TeamTalk Media