Jurgen Klopp lamented Liverpool’s failure to seize their chances in the rematch against Real Madrid at Anfield, but admitted, ‘We didn’t lose this game – we did lose at Madrid’.
The Champions League (UCL) campaign ended with an opponent from the Spanish capital for the second season in a row, Real holding on to a 0-0 draw on Merseyside for a 3-1 aggregate victory in the quarter-final clash.
Liverpool needed at least two goals to regain position, but were unable to find their own way at home, despite creating a number of excellent chances-especially in the first half.
They tried 13 shots in the penalty box – the most in a UCL match without scoring since March 2006 against Benfica (20) – but managed to make four attempts right on target.
“You always need those important moments. The performance is generally good – we didn’t lose this match, we did lose in Madrid,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“It felt uncomfortable for Real. We were good, we were aggressive and played some really good things, obviously big chances early in the game.
“That’s a hypothesis I know, but if you use one of them, it feels different. They’re already starting to fight, and that’s going to increase. But that’s ‘if’ and ‘when’, because we didn’t score.
“It got harder and then with the Real Madrid experience; they slowed down the game.”