Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool making Champions League history

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Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool making English football history in Champions League

The Merseysiders came from behind to beat AC Milan on Tuesday night (Pictures: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp says he ‘could not be prouder’ of his Liverpool players after they beat AC Milan to become the first English club ever to win all six of their group games in a Champions League campaign.

The Merseysiders, who fielded a heavily rotated team, went behind after half an hour at the San Siro but responded almost immediately through Mohamed Salah, who notched his 20th goal of the season in all competitions.

Fresh from his late strike against Wolves at the weekend, Divock Origi was once again the match-winner on Tuesday night as he guided a header past Mike Maignan shortly after the restart to secure a 2-1 victory.

Mo Salah scores for Liverpool vs AC Milan

Salah levelled the scores with a tidy close-range finish (Picture: Getty)

The result means Liverpool picked up 18 points from their six group games, a feat no other Premier League side has achieved, while they have also joined an exclusive group of European giants in the process.

AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Spartak Moscow and Real Madrid – who did it twice – are the only other teams to have had a 100% record in the group stage prior to this season, though Ajax also joined Liverpool after seeing off Sporting on Tuesday.

Klopp is usually quite reluctant to dwell on records but was thrilled that his much-changed Liverpool side were able to pick up their sixth win of the European campaign against a side as good as AC Milan.

Asked how proud he was to make history, Klopp told BT Sport: ‘Very, especially because of the sixth game to be honest.

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‘I think when I said before the game that we chose that line-up because we want to win the game everyone was like “Of course” [sarcastically].

‘But we needed today fresh legs, we needed desire to play this game – which is really difficult in the hectic schedule that we have to be always on fire for the next game.

‘And what the boys did tonight I couldn’t be more proud to be honest. It was an incredible game, I’m so happy about so many things I saw tonight.

Divock Origi scores against AC Milan for Liverpool

Klopp made eight changes for Liverpool’s clash at the San Siro (Picture: Getty)

‘And of course in the end that we won the game is great as well, but the performance was absolutely outstanding.

‘Playing this game tonight having 21 shots, not 21 on target but 21 times we finished the situation off, so many situations where we played outstandingly well and defended with passion and good organisation. So many good things I saw tonight, really happy.’

Salah also made history as the first Liverpool player to net in five group games, while he has become just the third player in the club’s history to net 20 goals before December 15 after Ian Rush and Roger Hunt.


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