"Liverpool were much what we expected, the energy, the intensity of which they played with, attacking at every moment". I would say that one, two, three years ago probably everyone would have thought that is a mountain we can not climb. It's still so unbelievably hard. But, it's early days and it's only one game so we're not going to get too excited.
Tottenham, whom Liverpool beat impressively 2-1 in London last week, had nine of their key personnel reach that stage of the World Cup, while Klopp has seen the likes of Andy Robertson, Virgil Van Dijk, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum make major contributions for his side having missed out on Russian Federation completely.
Brazilian Roberto Firmino was left on the bench after suffering an eye injury in Saturday's Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur, allowing Sturridge to step into the side. Complete opposite end to the scale from the Liverpool team.
The Liverpool forward damaged his shoulder after he was hauled to the ground by Sergio Ramos during the first half in Kiev.
After being sent on loan to West Bromwich Albion last season, the injury-prone England forward's Liverpool career looked over.
Liverpool have so far won all of their games and sit comfortably on the top of the table along with Chelsea who have also garnered maximum points from 5 games they have played so far this season.
And Neymar regularly failed to track runs from Trent Alexander-Arnold, with one such foray from the Liverpool right-back contributing to Daniel Sturridge's headed opener. He was in the best shape physically since I've known him.
But, Roberto Firmino of Brazil came off the bench and scored the victor for Liverpool, moments before the final whistle.
"The day before yesterday (there) was no chance (for Firmino to play), and yesterday". Yes, when you have Bobby Firmino available, you actually always think, "Come on, bring him". We've seen how devastating they are but with Van Dijk and Alisson in there they've added the missing parts of the jigsaw to be a complete team.