ReactionThiago on Inter win, 'small details' and squad strength
Thiago Alcantara believes Liverpool's season has been building to results like Wednesday's 2-0 win over Internazionale at San Siro.
Inter 0-2 Liverpool: Extended highlights
Goals in the final 15 minutes from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah ensured the Reds emerged from a testing Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with a valuable victory.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have won all seven of their European games this season and are on a run of seven consecutive victories in all competitions.
“I think we have played to arrive at this moment and have the chance to play these kind of games,” Thiago told Liverpoolfc.com post-match in Milan.
“We were waiting for these kind of games and we were ready for that all this season so we are glad to be here.”
Read the rest of our interview with the No.6 below…
On Liverpool having to suffer during the match but coming through with an excellent result…
We are talking about the biggest stage in the Champions League against an historically great team like Inter, playing here, trying to win the game. I think in the first half we created a lot of chances, then in the second they started to dominate the game and then fortunately we had this fabulous header from Bobby and after that we really controlled the game and we won it more, got the second one. We are really happy with the result.
On Klopp crediting assistant manager Peter Krawietz and the Reds’ analysts for the set-piece routine that led to Firmino’s goal…
We always say that we have a great staff who prepare us for these type of actions and also we are really aware in training. In the end, in the Champions League the small details are the difference and we got [them] tonight.
On the influence of the players who came off the bench and the strength in depth in Liverpool’s squad helping…
For sure. The pitch didn’t help both teams physically and we [had] a bit of heavy legs in the second half, and then came the fresh legs inside: great people, technical people, so after that we controlled even more the game.
Thiago on victory over Inter