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Jurgen Klopp cautious

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There were no fist pumps from Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Villarreal as he said “it’s only half time” despite his team holding a huge advantage.

After a goalless opening half in the Champions League semi-final first leg, Pervis Estupinan’s 53rd-minute own goal brought the breakthrough before Sadio Mane added a second just two minutes later to hammer home the advantage.

Speaking afterwards, Klopp was pleased with the performance of his players. “The way we played, the way we defended very well, the way we attacked very well. We had to score goals. It was clear we had to keep going.

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“Villarreal, in one moment, when they can get out of the press, they are immediately a threat. If we don’t win the ball there, we are in between everything. We did that well most of the time.”

His mood was anything but triumphant though with the Liverpool boss aware there is another 90 minutes in Spain to come.

“Two-nil on aggregate but it is half time. No more, no less.

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“Nothing has happened yet. If you play a game and are 2-0 at half time, you have to be 100 percent on alert. We know we will go there and it will be a tricky atmosphere for us. If they beat us 2-0 over there and go to the final they deserve it.”—Sky Sports

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