Liverpool put their disappointing domestic form temporarily behind them with an excellent victory in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Reds were 2-0 winners over RB Leipzig, in a match which was staged in Hungary thanks to coronavirus travel restrictions in Germany.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane put Jurgen Klopp’s team firmly in the driving seat to qualify for the next round.
But while Liverpool played far better than they have in many of their recent matches, not everybody thought they were worthy of their two-goal advantage.
The most notable dissenting voice came from Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann. The 33-year-old spoke after the match and expressed his belief that his side were hard done by.
“We earned a lot of respect in the 90 minutes,” Nagelsmann said, according to Bild.
“And what I noticed when I left the field, the Liverpool players did not use the words ‘deserved victory’,” he added.
“We were definitely not worse and certainly not by two goals.”
If that were to be phrased a different way, Nagelsmann might have said that ‘the best team lost’, just as Jose Mourinho did when Tottenham were beaten 2-1 at Anfield in December.
Klopp unsurprisingly held a contrary opinion in both cases. “I was really pleased with the performance and it led to a deserved win,” he said on Tuesday.
The claims of the managers of Leipzig and Spurs were not entirely without merit though. Their sides both missed a couple of clear-cut chances against the Reds, so better finishing may have led to them winning instead.
And thinking they deserved to beat Liverpool when they lost is not the only thing that Nagelsmann and Mourinho have in common, as the former has been linked with taking charge of Spurs in the past.
It seems inevitable that the hotshot young manager will move to the Premier League at some point in the future, and he certainly proved he shares traits with one of England’s top managers on Tuesday.