Jurgen Klopp hits out at Liverpool stars over Real Madrid loss despite Mo Salah ‘lifeline’ | Football | Sport
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp admitted his facet did not deserve something extra and easily “didn’t play good football” after Real Madrid left them with all of it to do of their Champions League quarter-final tie. The Spanish heavyweights have been 3-1 first-leg winners in Madrid on Tuesday evening courtesy of a Vinicius Junior brace however Klopp felt his facet made it “too easy” for his or her hosts.
Liverpool got here into the conflict with confidence after a 3-0 dismantling of Arsenal within the Premier League on Saturday however have been dire towards their savvy opposition and have given themselves an enormous process within the return leg at Anfield, the place they’re winless in 2021.
Naby Keita, who got here in for Thiago Alcantara, was withdrawn after simply 42 minutes with Liverpool as a complete staff totally second-best within the Spanish capital within the first half.
Vinicius and Marco Asensio have been each on the scoresheet earlier than Mohamed Salah decreased the arrears early into the second half with what was Liverpool’s solely shot on the right track all evening.
But 20-year-old Brazilian Vinicius scored his second of the evening with 25 minutes to play because the La Liga giants, who face Barcelona within the Clasico this weekend, earned a thoroughly-deserved benefit to take to England subsequent week.
Liverpool should win 2-0 or rating 4 occasions if Real Madrid web as soon as at Anfield if they’re to progress to the semi-finals, the place they might tackle both Chelsea or Porto.
And Klopp stated: “If you want to go to the semi-finals you have to earn the right to do so. We didn’t do that tonight, especially in the first half.
“The solely good factor I can say other than the objective is that it is solely the primary half of the leg. We simply did not play good soccer tonight.
“We have to show it in the next game. We made it too easy for them, that’s the main thing.
“The objectives in the long run, they have been the quick-thinking of Real Madrid and we have been a bit bit late. These issues can occur.
“We had to play better football. We didn’t deserve a lot more tonight. The goal gives us a lifeline.
“Intensity with the ball particularly [we need more of]. You cannot defend the pace of Real Madrid if you give them the ball within the mistaken second.
“We lost the ball in the wrong moments with so many easy passes. Then you have these really quick and world-class players in one-on-one situations.
“We need to be in possession a lot better and defensively as effectively. It’s not in regards to the final line, it is about what we do in entrance of that.”
He added on the decision to withdraw Keita before half-time: “I do know it is now a giant story and I do not prefer it. But Naby wasn’t within the recreation. He wasn’t the one one however we want him within the recreation enjoying soccer.
“It was tactical. I could have done a few more changes in that moment. Thank God I didn’t! It’s just that.”
Liverpool’s captain on the evening Gini Wijnaldum mirrored to BT Sport: “It was difficult. I think because we played against a good side and the way we did it in the first half was not good.
“When we recovered the ball we misplaced it too fast with easy passes. I feel that was the explanation why we couldn’t come into our recreation.
“What we did at the weekend quite well, we recovered the ball when we counter pressed and when we had the ball we played good football.
“We did not try this within the first half, we misplaced the ball too simply and I feel two moments the place we weren’t concentrating sufficient, they scored.
“It was difficult in the first half. We were not concentrating enough, not sharp enough. I think it was a long ball and we didn’t stand well at the back and that’s why it happened, what happened for the second goal.
“We simply stated [at half time that] within the second half we’ve to play our soccer, don’t lose the ball too simply and focus greater than within the first half.
“We had to stand better at the back, because they were a few times dangerous with the long balls, and also in the second half, I have to say.
“Just play our personal recreation. I feel that is why we scored our objective, however sadly they scored once more but it surely makes it tougher than when it is 2-1.
“It gives us confidence, of course. Of course we hoped for a better result now but we have to hang on the good things and that’s the away goal.
“Now we simply have to verify we rating two to win and do not concede an away objective.”
Liverpool tackle Aston Villa at Anfield within the league on Saturday (3pm) earlier than their return leg towards Real Madrid subsequent Wednesday (8pm).