Watch Jürgen Klopp's Post-Match Press Conference vs Real Madrid

22nd February 2023

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp met with the media after the Reds' disastrous performance against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Liverpool lost 5-2 at in the first leg of the Champions League

While Darwin Núñez and Mohamed Salah scored goals within the first 15 minutes of the match, the Reds couldn't hold onto the lead. came storming back to the match by halftime. They would rip Liverpool open in the second half and going .

Klopp Breaks Down the Break Down

Klopp didn't hide, he said, “I really think everything was pretty obvious tonight; I think we gave all five goals away and that means we could have done better there…”

The manager thought the first half was quite good. He said, “The start in the game, in our situation where we are, it is really important that we see positive steps - and I think the first half was, besides the two goals we conceded, the best we've played for probably the whole season. I liked it a lot.”

On the beginning of the second half, Klopp said, “Half-time, [it was] rather positive, to be honest. You think, 'OK, this happened... we have to play in this and that space, if we keep doing that they will have problems...' and then we start with conceding the third goal, which was a horrible goal and today it was pretty much the game-changer.”

Are the Reds Broken? Don't Be Silly…

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Klopp was asked directly if tonight's defeat would have a negative effect on his team's confidence. He responded, “I can see that people think that, understandable, but that's actually not allowed… So if we now allow this one game to be influential, well, we are really silly.”

The Boss wants to accentuate the positive moving forward. He said, “We have a few days and we will make sure we take the right things out of this game. Yes, we have to improve, third goal massively, first goal massively, but we have to take the good things as well - that would be horrible if we don't do that.”

Looking Ahead to the 2nd Leg

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In his press conference, Real manager Carlo Ancelotti said he believes the Reds still have a chance. Klopp might believe it too in a few weeks, but he also believes that Ancelotti might be fibbing a bit. Klopp said, “I think Carlo thinks the tie is over - and I think it as well in the moment, but in three weeks... it's how it is in these moments, the closer you get to the game the bigger our chances become and the less likely it is the tie is over.”

These are dark days for Liverpool. As we talked about in our recap, not only are the Reds on the verge of being bounced from this year's , they might not qualify for next year.

Key Quotes

Klopp broke down the big turning point in the match. Real’s 3rd goal in the 47th minute was a backbreaker, he said, “I really thought the 3-2 had a massive impact, I saw that as well. The 2-1 and the 2-2 not so much… my personal feeling was, 'first goal, OK, bad defending but well done as well, the second was slapstick but get over it and play from there and then the third goal directly after half-time, we didn't deal particularly well with that, that's true.”

In reality, there isn’t much positive to say about tonight’s result but, bless Jürgen’s heart for trying. But, it is a bit of an understatement on the 3rd goal, the Reds imploded totally after Militao’s header.

Video provided by: Liverpool FC / LFCTV

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