Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that his side cannot raise their game against Real Madrid He finished second best in the Champions League and at the Bernabeu.
Karim Benzema’s goal in the 78th minute gave the hosts a 1-0 win, but all the damage was done in the first game, which Liverpool lost 5-2.
“That’s right. We came here with our backpacks by three goals and you need a special performance and we didn’t have a special performance tonight,” he said.
“It was a good performance momentarily, but real Madrid It was the team that was in control for most of the game. They had better luck.
“Ali (goalkeeper Alisson Becker) had to make two sensational saves to keep us in the game and that’s why (we lost).
“If you want to overcome it, you have to be extraordinary. If you want to win the game you have to be really good and Madrid were a better team so the right team went to the next round.”
Klopp tried to score with his 4-2-3-1 formation but made changes as he pulled back Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota, who had two of their best chances in the first half right after the break.
“It was clear for Diogo that he shouldn’t be playing for very long as he came back from a long, long injury, and you could see the game was getting harder for him,” he added, confirming he was not injured.
He made some fouls for arriving late, so there is no risk for him. Darwin didn’t seem to be at the absolute highest level either, and we had to defend that side. We could change and we wanted to mix things up a bit.”
real madrid manager Carlo AncelottiContinuing to beat Klopp, who lost to him in the final last season, in the Champions League, he was satisfied with the performance of his team.
After giving Brazilian international Trent Alexander-Arnold another tough night by dribbling six times, he believes he has Vinicius Jr, who is now the best player in the world – the most damaged by any player in this week’s Champions League games.
“He’s (the best player in the world),” Ancelotti said.
“He’s important because he had an assist (Benzema’s goal) and he was dangerous every time he touched the ball.”