Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has confessed that facing Super Eagles forward, Paul Onuachu’s physical nature gave the team a difficult time in Belgium in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League game.
Recall that the Nigerian international featured for 81 minutes before he was replaced in Genk’s 4-1 loss against the reigning European champions.
The Liverpool manager stated that Onuachu was torn in the flesh of his players for the minutes he was on the pitch due to physical nature.
“It was a smart move to unpack with such a huge striker,” he told Het Belang van Limburg.
“Their 4-4-2 didn’t make such a big difference in itself, because it didn’t change much about their defensive organization.
“But Onuachu was strong as a starting point and it was important not to constantly compete with him because then we could make too many mistakes. We were on the right track, only giving away too easy chances due to unnecessary ball loss or unnecessary risks in the game.
“We started well and only gave the momentum away just before the break. (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain made two great goals, after the 0-2 you also felt that we would no longer lose control. That was a successful evening for us, we had our job well done.”