April 1, 2023

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Vinicius’ goals didn’t spoil the first half for Klopp

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp’s comments varied between criticism and praise for his side after the Champions League round of 16 first leg.

Despite leading by two clean sheets in the first quarter of an hour, Liverpool lost 5-2 to Real Madrid at Anfield Stadium.

Klopp admitted, “Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid coach) believes his team has qualified and that’s how I feel in my role at the moment.”

The German coach continued, “But in 3 weeks, or when we get closer to the date of the return match, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We will have more chances to go there (Santiago Bernabeu Stadium) and take some risks to score goals. 3 goals. It could be a problem. .” .

In the first leg, Klopp confirmed, “Regardless of the two goals we conceded, the first half was our best of the entire current 2022-2023 season.”

Also, commenting on Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior’s two goals, he said, “In the first goal, we had to defend better because we had enough players around him. Of course, this is a snapshot. Vinicius’s world-class, but it is clear that we can protect.” better”.

He noted that Klopp “came with a ridiculous mistake for the second goal”.

Regarding the second half, the 55-year-old said: “We got the third goal and started it, it was a poor goal and changed the course of the match.”

Klopp explained about Eder Militao’s goal, “At that moment we lost momentum and we didn’t get it back, so Real Madrid played the second half of the match they wanted.”

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