Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool made Real Madrid’s quarter-final first leg victory “too easy,” but believes Mohamed Salah’s goal gives his side a chance in the return game at Anfield. The Reds were mostly second best in an exciting match against a Real Madrid side that was lacking their first-choice centre-back pairing but was loaded with attacking talent.
Vinicius Junior’s low drive after chesting down a superb long pass from Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio’s close-range finish following a defensive blunder by Trent Alexander-Arnold did a lot of the harm in the first half.
They were stung, however, when Vinicius scored with 25 minutes left on a first-time shot after a fine attacking pass, leaving them with a mountain to climb in the return leg on 14 April at an empty Anfield.
Klopp told BT Sport, “If you want to go to the semi-final, you have to deserve the right to do so.” “That’s something we didn’t do tonight, particularly in the first half.”
Source: BBC Sport