Liverpool media round-up: Klopp on Kazan performance and selection, Mignolet pleased

Jurgen Klopp hug

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool made it three consecutive wins in all competitions on Thursday night with a 1-0 victory over Rubin Kazan in Russia, as they consolidated their position in second place in Group B of the Europa League.

If the Reds win their next group game against Bordeaux, it means they will have qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.

Jordon Ibe's first senior goal for the Reds was enough to secure victory, as manager Jurgen Klopp made four changes from side that beat Chelsea in the Premier League at the weekend.

Klopp told reporters after the game he was satisfied with the first 80 minutes of the Reds' performance, and offered some insight into his team selection.

The official Liverpool website quotes him as saying: “We made it 1-0 but then lost a little bit of rhythm and opened the door a little bit for Rubin Kazan. The lads fought for their lives and it was really great to see how much they wanted to win.

“We analysed the first game but it is not the biggest surprise Rubin Kazan were very well organised. We had our chances in Liverpool, but not the big ones we had tonight.

“I only build teams or make squads to win the next game, not to give someone a rest if he doesn’t need it. That’s what we did today.

“It’s not because they’re rested, only because the other players are fresh and the possibility to win is big. That is why we came here – we didn’t fly five hours for a friendly!”

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is certainly feeling the Klopp effect, as he didn't have a save to make in Russia, and despite a relatively error free performance, he told that he expects the manager to find things from the game to work on.

"There were no errors and, especially away from home, this is really important. I am sure the gaffer will pick a few things out which we can do better going into the next few games.

"It's nice to win games, especially away from home, but there is no point flying high and thinking about things we can't do. We need to keep both feet on the floor, work hard and improve in training."

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