The key quotes from Jurgen Klopp's post-Cardiff press conference
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Luis Diaz of Liverpool is congratulated by manager Jurgen Klopp at full-time following the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield on February 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp addressed the media following his side's 3-1 victory over Cardiff in the FA Cup fourth round, as second half goals from Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliott ensured it will be the Reds who will be facing Norwich in the fifth round next month.

Here are the key quotes from his post-match press conference.

On Harvey Elliott's return

It had been 147  days since the 18-year-old had last lined up for Liverpool in a senior game. That was of course that unfortunate afternoon in Yorkshire where his season appeared to be over when he was the victim of a freak injury, following a tackle with Pascal Struijk.

Elliott marked his return to action with an impressive half-hour cameo which was rounded off with an emphatic strike in front of the Kop, his first for the club he joined in the summer of 2019.

And his manager was full of praise for the teenager and the journey he has been on since that horrific afternoon in September. 

"So with the goal, it became a proper fairytale, to be honest. All the way through his rehab he was very patient. He was over the moon.

"It's [mentality] his biggest talent, how ready he is. Yes, he's a kid but not on the pitch. When he got the injury the next day I saw him at the training ground and I was in a worse mood than he was! He's an exceptional talent in a lot of different departments."

Squad depth ahead of a vital month 

Along with the return of Elliott, the Reds welcomed back Thiago Alcantara and new signing Luis Diaz, who was handed his first appearance since his switch from Porto late last month.

The victory over the Championship outfit marks the start of a gruelling run of seven games in 22 days for Klopp's men, a shcedule that will be significantly eased by the return of the aforementioned players. 

"When they are all fit we have a really good squad and we have to use that," said Klopp.

 "It has never really happened before that they are all fit."

 

Luis Diaz' debut

The Colombian marked his Anfield debut with an assist for Takumi Minamino during the second half. It wasn't necessarily the skill or technique that was on display that impressed Klopp, but in fact the nature of the assist and his willingness to chase 'dead' balls right until the end.

"His assist for Taki was absolutely incredible...the high press to win the ball back, I love it."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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