Jurgen Klopp blames Liverpool’s defeat in the Champions League on playing on Real Madrid’s training ground
‘Anfield is at least a real stadium’: Jurgen Klopp blames Liverpool’s loss on the ‘strange’ experience playing on Real Madrid’s TRAINING GROUND … and admits he ‘doesn’t know’ if they can turn it around without fans at home
Jurgen Klopp claims his Liverpool players found it ‘difficult’ to play on Real Madrid’s training ground after falling to a poor 3-1 defeat in the Champions League.
Since the coronavirus outbreak more than a year ago, Real Madrid have played all their home games at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano while they redecorated their home in Bernabeu.
Compared to the 81,000 stadium, Madrid’s training ground only counts 6,000 and while recently no supporters have been allowed to attend matches, Klopp claims the atmosphere felt ‘strange’ during the quarter-final loss in the first leg.
Jurgen Klopp claims his side found it ‘difficult’ to play on the Real Madrid training ground
The Reds fell to a 3-1 Champions League defeat to the Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday-evening
The Liverpool manager also relished the prospect of closing the two-goal deficit when they welcomed the Spanish side to Anfield on Wednesday.
“It must be a really tough job for Real Madrid at Anfield,” said Klopp.
“This was strange tonight because it was very difficult with the stadium (in the training ground of Madrid), but at least Anfield is a real stadium and it will be good for us.”
Liverpool were easily eliminated on Tuesday-evening, with a brace from Vinicius Junior and another from Marco Asensio after a gruesome Trent Alexander-Arnold blunder put Zinedine Zidane’s side in control of the draw.
However, the Reds hit a crucial goal in the second half via Mohamed Salah and would advance to the semi-finals if they win 2-0 in the upcoming second leg.
Madrid is now in control of the Champions League game thanks to a brace from Vinicius Junior
“At least Anfield is a real stadium and it will be good for us,” Klopp said of the return leg
Liverpool have been before when it comes to toppling Spanish giants on home soil, beating Barcelona 4-0 and winning 4-3 in total on their way to winning the Champions League in 2019.
However, Klopp believes playing for Anfield supporters has helped them on such occasions, and the absence of fans related to the Covid outbreak could hold them back next week.
“If you want to have emotional memories, you look back to the Barcelona game and 80 percent of that is the atmosphere in the stadium,” added Klopp.
“It’s not like I sit here and say,” Comebacks are our thing. ” We had supporters then and I don’t know if we can do it. ‘