Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool cannot ‘take comebacks for granted’ ahead of Real Madrid’s test

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Liverpool “cannot take comebacks for granted,” said Jurgen Klopp, warning that a repeat of heroism against Dortmund and Barcelona when Real Madrid arrive will be much more difficult on an empty Anfield.

  • Liverpool have to overcome a 3-1 deficit to get past Real Madrid on Wednesday
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side were far below their best in last week’s first leg in Spain
  • But a 2-0 win over Anfield is enough to take them to the Champions League semi-finals
  • Klopp’s side have made epic comebacks against Dortmund and Barcelona
  • But Klopp says such nights “cannot be taken for granted” in an empty Anfield

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool cannot ‘take comebacks for granted’ just because they have stunned opponents in the past as they try to improve a 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid.

Klopp’s side famously came back from 3-0, beating Barcelona 4-0 in the semi-finals of the 2019 Champions League.

And exactly five years ago on Wednesday, they also came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Jürgen Klopp have recognized the magnitude of Liverpool’s challenge as they try to overcome a 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Liverpool turned a 3-0 deficit in the first leg against Barcelona in 2019 to reach the final

Liverpool turned a 3-0 deficit in the first leg against Barcelona in 2019 to reach the final

Klopp's side beat Barcelona 4-0, but manager says comebacks cannot be taken for granted

Klopp’s side beat Barcelona 4-0, but manager says comebacks cannot be taken for granted

On both occasions they had a raw Anfield crowd right behind them, and that factor will be lacking when they host the 13-time European champions.

Klopp said Liverpool can only enjoy another famous European night through faith, application and a performance that has improved significantly from last week’s defeat in Madrid.

When asked about comebacks and the chances of another, Klopp said, “We’ll see. Some guys were involved in these games [against Dortmund and Barcelona]

‘You can’t take it for granted, you never could and should never be able to. You will not get a comeback because you have had a comeback in the past.

‘You have to play very well in the present. The best situation is when you are not in a situation where you need a comeback.

But the situation is clear and that’s why this game is so interesting because you have rules like the goals and it makes it really exciting.

In the Europa League 2016, Liverpool was two goals behind Borussia Dortmund

In the Europa League 2016, Liverpool was two goals behind Borussia Dortmund

Klopp celebrated wildly on the sidelines as Liverpool beat his former club 5-4

Klopp celebrated wildly on the sidelines as Liverpool beat his former club 5-4

‘We must not give in and then if we can create more than in Madrid, and that must be possible because we have not made too much, we will see what we can do.

‘When you’re 3-1 behind, it looks like you’ve already figured it out. We are going to try. I think that’s the job we have to do and that’s exactly how we’ll go about it.

‘We can’t just take comebacks for granted, certainly not without an audience in the stadium. We have to create our own atmosphere. ‘

Although Liverpool were second to Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano last Tuesday, they can move up with a 2-0 victory thanks to Mohamed Salah’s away goal.

Thanks to that away goal, Liverpool’s situation is not as dire as Klopp’s in 2014 at his former club Dortmund.

Mohamed Salah's away goal in Madrid means that a 2-0 win on Wednesday would be enough

Mohamed Salah’s away goal in Madrid means that a 2-0 win on Wednesday would be enough

Two goals from Vinicius jr. Shoots Real Madrid last week to a 3-1 victory in the first leg against Liverpool

Two goals from Vinicius jr. Shoots Real Madrid last week to a 3-1 victory in the first leg against Liverpool

They lost 3-0 to Real in the first leg of a quarter-final in the Champions League and were written off, but two goals from Marco Reus in the first 37 minutes at the Westfalenstadion raised hopes for a comeback.

However, the Real side of Carlo Ancelotti held out and didn’t give in again.

Klopp recalled: ‘A few years ago we played Dortmund against Madrid, we lost 3-0, we didn’t play well and the German journalists asked me if it was gone.

‘I said’ probably but we have to play the return game ‘. After 37 minutes of the second game, we were ahead 2-0. It stayed 2-0 and we didn’t go through it.

“ What’s more important to me is the performance, we have to play like ourselves, we have to be the best we can, we have to try to win the game and we will see where the result takes us.

Klopp's Borussia Dortmund shocked Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid in 2014

Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund shocked Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in 2014

‘1-0 means that when we score that goal, we have one minute, five minutes, 10 minutes or whatever to score that goal.

‘But with the quality that Madrid has, we have to defend at our highest level and we didn’t do that recently.

‘It’s about winning games and whether that will result in a comeback, I don’t know. We need to get into a mood that can happen again. It is still difficult. ‘

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