Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has not given up hope that Jurgen Klopp’s side will win the Champions League as he insists ‘maybe the romance isn’t dead yet’ as the Reds watch a new Istanbul final.
- Liverpool must make up a two-goal deficit against Real Madrid in the second leg
- Dalglish hopes the Reds will be boosted by the Istanbul final
- Ataturk Stadium was the scene of the memorable 2005 Champions League triumph
Sir Kenny Dalglish has not given up hope that Liverpool would make another comeback to Anfield in the Champions League against Real Madrid and win another final in Istanbul, saying, “Maybe the romance isn’t dead yet.”
The former Liverpool player and manager believes the Reds will have a tougher task against Real than when they cleared a three-goal deficit to beat Barcelona in the 2019 semi-finals, and not just because the game will be behind closed doors. played because of the corona pandemic.
But he hopes the appeal of a return to Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium on May 29 – where they completed an incredible comeback win over AC Milan to win the 2005 Champions League – can spur Jurgen Klopp’s men after their 3-1. defeat in the Spanish. capital on Tuesday.
Sir Kenny Dalglish has not given up hope that Liverpool will make another comeback at Anfield
Dalglish, a McDonald’s ambassador, said: “ We are 3-1 behind in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, we will play against Real Madrid again on Wednesday, the final will be played at Ataturk Stadium, the stadium where we defeated AC. Milan on penalties, so maybe the romance isn’t dead yet and the bad season will have a happy ending.
‘I think what will make it more difficult (than the Barcelona game) is that Real is a better team than Barcelona. Barcelona won 3-0 at the Nou Camp and they missed a late sitter with the last kick of the match.
‘You thought then,’ that has given us a chance now ‘. Real Madrid have gotten a better squad defensively, even though they had to make changes (in the first leg) – (Sergio) Ramos never played and they had to bring in some guys. They are better than Barcelona. ‘
Liverpool must undo a two-goal deficit against Real Madrid in the return game next week
Liverpool’s Premier League title defense has gone badly off course and the Reds have a real battle ahead to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Asked why they struggled so much, Dalglish added: ‘There are no excuses, but there are some reasons. For me, one of the biggest contributing factors was the loss of four players in the same position as those were the back four with no commission or certainly weaker than they were.
‘When you look at Van Dijk, you look at a colossus and you think:’ How do I get past him? ‘
Liverpool made a memorable comeback by winning the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul
It’s the same with (Joel) Matip next to him, Joe Gomez … they had to put the two midfield stalwarts, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, back in the back four, so they’re now 20 yards deeper than they would normally play .
‘You couldn’t replace those two in the middle of the field. I think it was just a shame that happened. Virgil has been a huge miss, but if you don’t win games then anyone who doesn’t play is a huge miss.
“I think the players are just as hungry as they were last year, they are trying to replicate what they did. They lost six in a row at Anfield, which is unheard of. People may attribute it to the fact that there are no fans in attendance, and it is to the disadvantage of Liverpool that they have not had any fan support as they have always been a big part of the football club’s success. ‘
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