Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions of being unhappy with the approach of FC Midtjylland as he saluted Liverpool’s “fight” for Champions League victory.

A Diogo Jota strike and substitute Mohamed Salah’s injury-time penalty ensured a hard-earned 2-0 triumph at Anfield on Tuesday to move the Reds two points clear at the top of Group D.

Midtjylland proved physical opponents, particularly during a first half in which they picked up three bookings.

Klopp was particularly upset at a late challenge from Jens-Lys Cajuste on Jordan Henderson that led to an exchange of words with visiting boss Brian Priske.

But the Reds boss had nothing but praise for the Danish side when asked if he was less than pleased with some of their tactics.

“No, not at all,” said Klopp. “What Midtjylland did tonight was absolutely brilliant. I loved it.

“I’m obsessed with organisation, and how they filled the game with life and caused us problems, it gets all my respect.

“In that situation (the tackle on Henderson), the discussion at that moment was that it was a foul.

“Maybe my colleague was already celebrating the situation (of Midtjylland pressing) and didn’t see it was a foul. There was nothing else.

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“They were not over the top, they were hard, that’s how football is. It was just a foul (on Henderson) and that’s why I said what I said. Nothing to worry anybody.

“I think Midtjylland wanted to prove a point tonight and they did. They were a real uncomfortable opponent.”

Klopp also rallied against accusations of not showing Midtjylland respect having made four changes to his starting line-up, including benching the established front three.

“If you would watch Liverpool and our situation you’d know it wasn’t a sign of disrespecting Midtjylland,” he said.

“The line-up we chose was to show the respect we have for them because we needed fresh legs desperately. We needed each fresh leg we could get with the five possible substitutions.”

And of the game, Klopp added: “It was really tricky, they pressed like crazy and made a hectic game of it and we couldn’t calm it down in decisive moments.

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“In terms of individual performances, Div hadn’t played for a while and did absolutely okay, Shaq did 90 minutes absolutely really incredibly, and Taki was very lively but wasn’t exactly in the game.

“It’s like in a marriage. In the less good times, you have to stick together.

"We just had to fight and that’s what we did.”