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Not angry, just disappointed’ – four key points from Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool defeat to real Madrid



‘Not angry, just disappointed’ – four key points from Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool defeat to real Madrid

Jurgen Klopp admitted he couldn’t even get angry as Liverpool exited the Champions League in tame fashion with a 6-2 aggregate loss to Real Madrid.

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WHAT HAPPENED? Karim Benzema’s 78th-minute strike completed a comfortable 6-2 aggregate win for Real at the Santiago Bernabeu as timid and hesitant Liverpool were unable to stage one of their famous European Cup comebacks. Europe in the Spanish capital.

WHAT THEY SAID: In his post-match press conference, Klopp said: “We came here with the backpack we had with the difference of three goals [from the first leg], so you you need a special performance and we didn’t show a single special performance tonight: It was a good performance so far but Real Madrid were in charge for most of the game. They had better chances. If you want to make it, you have to be excellent. If you want to win the game you have to be really good, and Real Madrid were the best team and that’s why the right team went through to the next round.

“I wasn’t angry after the match, I was disappointed. I would have been angry if we had played better and it was close and they won by a penalty which isn’t a penalty or anything like that, but in the end none of that happened. Real Madrid were simply the best team. I’ve been in the business long enough to respect that.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The Reds now face an uphill battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League, six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and away games to Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as a home game against leaders Arsenal, in the next three Games.

Klopp said: “It’s the league and we want to be a part of it every year, and that’s a huge task for us now. We all know that. When we come back from the international break, we have a real week of football ahead of us. We would say, with three games : City, Chelsea and Arsenal. They will probably determine where we exit from. People might say we lost in Bournemouth but I think this week is quite decisive. Now we have to hope that the boys come back healthy, soon enough and in the right shape and we will try.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR LIVERPOOL? The Reds now only play on 1 April when they travel to Manchester City in the Premier League.