Klopp: ‘The character from the boys was outstanding’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players showed outstanding character despite conceding two late goals to draw 3-3 with Aston Villa.

The Reds led 2-1 at half-time before Jarrel Quansah’s superb header extended their lead three minutes into the second half.

Liverpool should have further extended their lead through Luis Diaz then Darwin Nunez, however both players were adjudged to be offside.

Unai Emery’s men then made the visitors pay after two goals in three minutes from substitute Jhon Duran late in the game, only moments after the Colombian had entered the field.

Despite throwing away the lead, Klopp praised his players for their performance after struggling at the start of the match:

“It got away from us. We played really good football,” Klopp said. “We were really good, played a lot of good stuff and caused a lot of problems.

“Before we changed, we gave them too many chances. It was very intense for the boys. They created too much. They were too often in our box and we made the changes.

“Then we made a mistake. It happens but in that moment, it opens the door. They scored an equaliser and I don’t even know how. The character from the boys tonight was outstanding in our situation.

“We wanted to win the game. In the moment, when we gave away the 3-2, that was really tricky. That’s it, that’s the story of the game.”

A point for Aston Villa means they strengthen their place in the top four with the Villains five points clear of Tottenham with one match to go. Liverpool’s position in third remains the same.

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