Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits his side learned a “very important lesson” after fluffing a three-goal lead but prevailing 4-3 over RB Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
The Reds raced to a 3-0 lead inside the 36 minutes but the Austrian champions hit back emphatically with three goals either side of half-time.
Mohamed Salah eventually netted the decisive goal in the 69th minute, but the capitulation was a major lesson for the reigning European champions.
“It was a very important lesson for us tonight but I prefer massively to learn it in the game than after the game because, if we lost 4-3, it would have been the same lesson,” Klopp said.
“Now we won 4-3 so three points and a lot to learn from so I’m fine.
“I knew before that we have to improve a lot but now everybody knows it probably.”
The German boss explained that the Reds changed their style after their early trio of goals, to their own detriment.
“The first 30 minutes was some of the best football we played so far, I would say, against a very good organised team with a clear identity,” Klopp said.
“We did everything that they don’t like on high speed, scored the three goals, could have scored more.
“They changed the system - that’s allowed and not really a problem usually but tonight it was for us. We changed, for some reason, the approach.
“Some were in a controlling mood, some were in an attacking mood, and other positions were too hectic.
“The other problem was that we tried to finish our situations off through the middle of the park.”