Liverpool have not earned ‘the right’ to beat Real Madrid and made it ‘too EASY’, admits Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool haven’t earned ‘the right’ to beat Real Madrid and made it ‘too EASY’ for their hosts, admits Jurgen Klopp … with his side’s chances of silverware this season hanging by a thread after a distorted play with errors.
Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool are lucky to still have a chance to reach the Champions League semi-finals after a terrible night in Madrid.
Liverpool’s hopes of reaching the last four hang by a thread after a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid; they were betrayed by a foul-ridden 45-minute opening in which the defense and midfield never got close to how Klopp asked.
However, Mohamed Salah’s goal in the second half means that all is not lost, but the Liverpool manager recognizes that it needs a performance that is near-perfect to save the situation and advance to the last four.
Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool are lucky enough to have another chance to reach the semi-finals
Liverpool’s hopes of reaching the final four hang by a thread after defeat to Real Madrid
They were betrayed on Tuesday by a bug-ridden 45-minute opening in the Spanish capital
“If you want to get to the semi-finals, you have to earn the right to do so,” said Klopp, confident that Liverpool could get a big result.
‘We didn’t do that especially in the first half, so the only good thing about the game, other than scoring, is that it is only the first half.
“We just didn’t play well enough football to cause Real Madrid more trouble. I really thought it was possible, but it’s hypothetical now because we can’t show more in this game, but in the next. We’ve made it too easy for them. You have to face all the criticism if you lose.
‘I was not happy with the way we played football when we were in possession of the ball. We didn’t make much more, but the second half was okay and it gives us a lifeline. The only good news is we have one more game. Did we earn more than 3-1? I’m not sure I’m honest. ‘
However, the goal of the Egyptian attacker Mohamed Salah in the second half means that not everything is lost yet
Usually Anfield could play a crucial factor in such circumstances, but there will be no fans in the stadium next week and Klopp acknowledges the difference from previous games.
“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.
‘It must be a very difficult task for Real Madrid at Anfield. 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. ‘
Klopp is aware of the difference next week will mean for matches like Barcelona in 2019