A frustrating goalless draw has seen already qualified Liverpool securing top spot of the group on a semi-frozen pitch and made it four draws and two wins in Europe this season.
Jurgen Klopp was eventually satisfied to ensure a favourable draw for the knockout stages and was also relieved to take his men home without the complication of further injuries.
“It was difficult; the ground was very difficult to play and for both teams the first thing to do was show you were prepared for a game like this and that is what my team did,” he said.
“It was not our best football and although it is an outdoor sport frozen ground is for other sports.
“Of course in each tournament at this level there should be heating for the ground – that is not good [there was none] – but now we have played here and if we come here again it will maybe be April and I hope it will not be that cold. Liverpool manager was not in a good mood when discussing about the pitch.
“We saw the pitch and we knew what can happen on a pitch like this but as a professional footballer and especially as a manager you cannot talk about the pitch.
“You have to ignore it, try to take it and use it and the only thing that helps in a situation like this is concentration: if you are really ready and prepared and concentrated then usually nothing happens.
“I am really satisfied, no-one is injured and they were very focused and concentrated on the game.”
When Klopp took charge replacing Brendan Rodgers in mid-October Liverpool had two points from their opening two fixtures and was in danger of failing qualify for the knock out stages but they secured the berth with a match on hand and now await their fate in Monday’s draw.
“We wanted to be first after this game and that is what we did,” the German said.
“A few weeks ago it was far away from us that we could reach this place but we did it and it is really good.
“We will see how important it (first place) is – there are a lot of good teams in second place and also teams from the Champions League.
“Everyone will have to change their mind about this tournament now as everyone will see it is something like a small Champions League.” Klopp tried to give equal importance to Europa League.
Liverpool now face West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.