Jurgen Klopp has admitted that reaching the Champions League closing shall be troublesome for his Liverpool aspect after their 3-Zero defeat in Barcelona.
Two second-half objectives from Lionel Messi – the second a spectacular free-kick – added to Luis Suarez’s opener to present the Catalans a wholesome first-leg benefit.
Liverpool had probabilities of their very own on the Camp Nou, coming closest to an important away aim late on when Mohamed Salah struck the put up.
When requested whether or not he believed Liverpool nonetheless had a hope of reaching the ultimate in Madrid, Klopp mentioned: “As a result of it’s soccer, sure, however earlier than this recreation we had an even bigger likelihood.
“Put it that method. What can I say? It’s Barcelona. If they’ll play for counter-attacks, that doesn’t assist us so much. That’s troublesome to keep away from.
“As a result of it’s soccer we must always nonetheless attempt however this didn’t make our lives simpler,” Klopp added.
“It’s not an evening for being mealy-mouthy and saying that was precisely what we wished. ‘It’s half-time.’ ‘Rating an early aim’ and all that shit. It is going to be one other actually troublesome recreation.”
Klopp marvelled on the efficiency of Messi specifically, however was in the primary left cursing his aspect’s luck and particularly the late Salah likelihood.
The chance solely got here as soon as Barcelona have been already 3-Zero up, however the aim would have offered at the least a sliver of hope that development was attainable.
“Clearly our season is for shut kind choices. Ball’s in, not in. Put up, not put up,” Klopp mentioned. “3-1 could be a greater end result, I’d really feel barely completely different on this second.
“These boys by no means hand over. I really like them, however there’s no get together within the dressing room for the time being. No person thinks we’re midway by means of.
“We’ve to make use of that recreation for lots of issues however within the second we simply really feel dissatisfied, annoyed, no matter you wish to say.
“There shall be a second the place I persuade the boys once more how necessary this was for his or her growth. For us, it’s a vital lesson.”