Jurgen Klopp is brutally honest about Liverpool's performance against Real Madrid
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Liverpool experienced one of the biggest defeats in major competitions. Jurgen Klopp's team was defeated by Real Madrid with a score of 2:5. The German was delighted at the start of the match, but he could not guess what was going to happen.
"The beginning was outstanding,”-Klopp said, as quoted by BT Sport. “It was us in a nutshell. It was perfect, exactly how we wanted to play”. Klopp also explained why Real Madrid quickly equalized in the first half.
“The whole first half was good, besides the goals. The first goal we became slightly passive higher up the pitch, we weren't chasing them. The second goal is slapstick. It shouldn't happen, can happen, 2-2”. The German is worried about his team's inattention.
"The first situation pretty much [after the break] they played a long ball to Vinicius. Not sure if it's a foul. How we defend that is not okay. Then 3-2 and that doesn't help against a team who are outstanding on the counter-attack."
Jurgen Klopp on his team
Jurgen Klopp expected his team to play equally well for the entire 90 minutes.
"We couldn't get back on track any more. You need to play like the first-half for the full 95 minutes but you need momentum back. At 3-2 it was the opposite”. Real Madrid was full of confidence after that and they took advantage of the momentum.
“They became more confident and scored great goals. One was deflected. That's how it is. It's a strange one. There's a lot for me to take from this as well. We have five or six players and no challenge [for one of the goals].
That can't happen. We were passive until the ball arrived there. The only way you can slow down the game a bit is to keep the ball. We started the second-half losing the ball in strange moments."