Klopp admits De Gea was difference between 2-0 win and something bigger for Liverpool

Liverpool defeated Manchester United 2-0 in a convincing manner in the first leg of the Europa League’s last-16 tie at Anfield on Thursday night.

Following the game, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp praised United goalkeeper David De Gea and claimed that if not for the Spaniard, the margin of the win would have been a lot greater.

He said: “De Gea is a good goalkeeper, it’s no surprise.

“You have to carry on and create more chances, and score goals. In football, it’s really rare that you use each chance you have.

“It’s not too important how big they are; one or two were really big tonight but it’s absolutely OK. 2-0 is a perfect result.

“Of course, if possible we would have liked to win a little bit clearer, but everything is OK and there is nothing to criticise tonight.”

De Gea made a handful of key saves throughout the match as the Reds put on a dominant display to give themselves every chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the competition.

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