PRESSER – Klopp on deserved end result, Keita sub & Anfield comeback


Jurgen Klopp didn’t shrink back from the truth that Liverpool “didn’t should win” in opposition to Actual Madrid, however feels there may be nonetheless an opportunity to overturn the 3-1 loss at Anfield.

It was an evening to overlook for Liverpool as their passiveness on and off the ball, primarily within the first half, was duly punished by Actual Madrid.

Klopp’s males struggled to seek out their targets or any time on the ball and noticed Vinicius Jr and Marco Asensio each discover the web earlier than Mohamed Salah grabbed a invaluable away aim within the second.

And simply as an equaliser appeared to be on the playing cards, one other bout of sloppiness in defence restored the two-goal buffer and ensures Liverpool have a mountain to climb at Anfield.

“We didn’t should win tonight. We didn’t play adequate for that. That’s my first concern. We didn’t play adequate soccer, particularly within the first half,” Klopp advised reporters.

“There’s nonetheless an opportunity however we have now to play a lot better soccer within the second leg. We will be far more uncomfortable to play in opposition to and that’s what we have now to verify of subsequent week.

“It is going to be fully totally different. Watch the Barcelona recreation again and 80 p.c was right down to the environment within the stadium. However we’ll give it a correct strive.

“If you wish to go to the semi-finals, it’s important to deserve it with the efficiency. Tonight we weren’t adequate, however the one excellent news is there may be one other recreation.”

And on the early substitution of Naby Keita after simply 42 minutes, Klopp admitted it was for tactical causes however that he didn’t wish to make it a headline.

“Naby was not answerable for the efficiency within the first half,” he added. “He was not good within the recreation, however I might have made just a few extra modifications in that second.

“I did it, and now I’m not completely happy about it as a result of we speak as if it was Naby’s fault.”

The Reds will now have to regroup for the go to of Aston Villa on Saturday earlier than the second leg in opposition to Actual Madrid on the next Wednesday. It’s a giant week forward for Liverpool.


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