Adam Lallana explains what Jurgen Klopp said after Villarreal defeat, assess chances in second leg

Adam Lallana

Lallana and Klopp seem optimistic at Liverpool's chances of turning around one-goal deficit from first leg.

Liverpool midfield Adam Lallana has said manager Jurgen Klopp told them to be disappointed for five minutes and no longer after last night's 1-0 defeat to Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at El Madrigal.

A stoppage time strike from Adrian Lopez prevented the Reds from taking the La Liga outfit back to Anfield level pegging, but Klopp appeared to try and lift his players following the final whistle.

Lallana is quoted in the Liverpool Echo: “The manager told us: 'do not worry'. He said: 'be disappointed for five minutes but no longer - wait unit we get them back home'.

“He told us that we have got the fans and then he said: 'we will make it another magical night next week'.

“It would have been easy to get deflated. It's only natural that we are disappointed after conceding in injury time. But we are over it. The manager told us we have to be.

“I keep thinking about Dortmund and what happened then. The fans have got a massive role to play."

It seems that Liverpool's manager, and now players, are issuing a rallying call to the fans ahead of the second leg that takes place at Anfield on Thursday. The tie is still very much alive with Liverpool aiming to reach their first European final since 2007. 

“On another day, we nick it 1-0. It's almost a brilliant away performance.

“Even 0-0 would have been a great result to take back to Anfield.

“But listen, these things happen. We still have massive confidence about taking them back to Anfield. It will be a completely different game.

“We showed that we can create chances against them. We have got to back ourselves and we will."

Lallana also added that he could not wait for next week, so if his reaction is anything to go by then people should expect a fast start from the Reds, as it is likely they will take a different approach from the cagey tactics in last night's game as they were set up to try and make things all square, or nick a goal on the break. 

As downhearted as Liverpool must have been after the final whistle, the tie is still very much alive and Liverpool will look to get on level terms as quickly as possible in the return leg. 

They will no doubt take confidence from games in the previous rounds at Anfield - where they beat Manchester United by two clear goals in the last-16, and famously managed to turn things around to knock Borussia Dortmund out of the competition. 

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