‘Not a miracle performance’: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool failed to produce a ‘special’ offer to overturn a three-goal deficit against Real Madrid and admits they need to play a ‘different opponent’ to advance to the quarter-finals.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his side failed to produce a “special” display to beat the odds against Real Madrid in the Champions League – admitting they needed to play a “different opponent” to progress.
Karim Benzema’s 78th-minute goal gave the hosts a 1-0 win last night but all the damage was done in the first leg, which Liverpool lost 5-2.
And Klopp gave a harsh review of the Reds’ substandard performance, saying that Real Madrid deserved more than that to qualify for the quarter-finals after his team did not do much to make him sweat in his three-goal lead in the first leg.
This was no miracle performance. I think the right team has been through that and that’s it in the knockout stages.
If you want to get a miracle, you have to play better or against a different opponent. Tonight, Real Madrid deserved to qualify.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his players did not do enough to pull off a “miracle” against Madrid
He was damning his side after losing 1-0 in Madrid to seal a 6-2 aggregate defeat in the Champions League last-16.
“We came here with a backpack that we had with the three-goal difference, and you need a special performance and we didn’t show a special performance tonight,” he said.
It was a good performance at moments, but it was Real Madrid who controlled most of the match. They had better chances.
He (goalkeeper Alisson Becker) had to do two great chests to keep us in the game and that’s why (we lost).
If you like it, you have to stand out. If you want to win the game you have to be really good, Real Madrid was the better team and that’s why the right team qualified for the next round.
Klopp went with a 4-2-3-1 line-up to try and score goals but made changes just after the break when Darwin Nunez, who had the two best chances in the first half, and Diogo Jota pulled out.
Karim Benzema’s goal added to Real Madrid’s aggregate lead and Klopp admitted his side weren’t special enough and that the LaLiga side deserved to go through.
And he added, “As for Diogo, it was clear that he should not play for a long time because he is still returning from a long, long injury and you can see that the match has become more difficult for him,” stressing that there are no problems with the injury.
He made some mistakes because he came late, so there is no danger for him. Darwin seemed as if he wasn’t at the absolute top either and we needed to defend that aspect as well. We can change and we wanted to mix things up a little bit.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who continued to outpace Klopp in the Champions League after beating him in the final last season, was satisfied with his team’s performance.
He believes he, at Vinicius Junior, is currently the best player in the world after giving Brazil international Trent Alexander-Arnold another tough night, passing him six times – the most any player has suffered in Champions League matches this week.
“He is (the best player in the world),” said Ancelotti.
“He’s important because he helped (Benzema’s goal) and every time he touched the ball he was dangerous.”
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