"We mature constantly," Klopp said after the game in which Liverpool became the first team to beat a Guardiola-managed side three times in one season. "The boys are getting more and more used to this. If you could say something about us in the past, on an average day we lose cheap goals. We've worked at that," said the German. Guardiola played an attacking lineup, with just three defenders against Liverpool's front trio, and the gamble looked as if it might pay off in the first half.
Jürgen Klopp's whole post-match interview is pure gold. Insightful ? Tactical analysis ✅ He can't stop laughing either ? The Liverpool boss talking to @GaryLineker was over the moon with a place in the Champions League final four. pic.twitter.com/l6i0XmjaLX— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018
As well as a central defence that looks much stronger since the addition of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk in January and the emergence of Scottish full-back Andy Robertson on the left, Liverpool could again thank unheralded midfielder James Milner. The former Manchester City player, viewed by many as simply a squad player at the start of the season, not only delivered with his work-rate and tackling but clearly added some calmness and authority to the midfield. Milner, captain in the absence of the suspended Jordan Henderson, thought the win showed the character of Klopp's side.
"It’s not about perfection it’s about the result, the character, the mentality, really fighting for the result." More from Jurgen Klopp ? https://t.co/k0U7b2scr9 #MCILIV #UCL pic.twitter.com/LG0L3ZD1TH— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 10, 2018
"It says a lot about the boys that we soaked up that pressure in the first half that got the crowd up," he said. "To beat them in both games should be a confidence-builder for us. We knew we had to get the ball better and we defended better in the second half."
Even former players get a hug from Jurgen Klopp ☺️ pic.twitter.com/AW9V9LkoMu— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018