Liverpool media round-up: Klopp on Europa League qualification and Sturridge injury

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

Liverpool qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Bordeaux at Anfield last night, with a game to spare, and go top of Group B.

A draw in the final game away to Sion will ensure the Reds qualify as group winners and Klopp appeared to be satisfied as a James Milner penalty, along with a Christian Benteke strike, helped the Reds come from behind to claim victory - though the Belgians perhaps should've had another goal which was disallowed by a bizarre refereeing decision.

Klopp is quoted in the Liverpool Echo identifying areas to work on but the overall feeling is that he was happy the Reds had got the job done.

“There were many good things in this game tonight but there were some things that were difficult.

“It became more difficult. We lost a little bit of control in the game, struggled to close the half-spaces, a little bit too wide in the wings and a little bit too deep at times.

“We could be better with the ball, they can do this. The first half was okay, the start of the second half was okay but it got more and more difficult.

“I'm very happy to qualify. When I came here, people said 'why do you take your best squad to Kazan?' I'm very happy, the team is very happy to qualify, the club is very happy to qualify, so you can be very happy we've qualified."

It wasn't all good news for the Reds as prior to kick off Daniel Sturridge suffered another injury blow, with a foot complaint, and was sent for a scan on the problem after he pulled out of the squad for last night's game. 

Klopp admitted he didn't know too much about the injury, and is quoted by the official Liverpool website, saying: “I don’t know too much about the situation because it was in the afternoon after training.

“It wasn’t a situation I saw because we trained in two groups – the starting line-up and the other players. We can now start thinking about it, because we had no time, it was really close to the game when the news came."

Attention will now turn to Liverpool's Premier League game on Sunday when they take on Swansea City at Anfield.

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