Liverpool failed to make up for the big deficit from the first match (2:5). Jurgen Klopp's team was also defeated at the Santiago Bernabeu and the dream of the quarterfinals of the Champions League ended. "Being 5-2 down is not a great result if you want to go through,”-Jurgen Klopp said, as quoted by eurosport.com
“You need to have a special performance and we couldn't do that tonight.
Real Madrid had the best chances, Alisson made two fantastic saves.
The right team went through, we have to admit that. Knockout stages are like this. It's not what we wanted but it's what we got”.
Jurgen Klopp on Real Madrid
The German admitted that Real Madrid was the better team.
It seems that there is a bad atmosphere in the Liverpool team and that they have no faith in themselves. Although many thought that a win over United could change the course of the season, it seems that the match was a fluke.
"You need moments in a game like this, if we scored in the first-half it could have given us the spark but this is hypothetical,” he said.
“They were the better team in three halves of this tie and that's how you go through.
If we draw at home and play like we did tonight, we probably go out as well.
We cannot come here and hope that we get something. We prepared for a special performance tonight but it didn't happen.
Nobody thinks 'how could Liverpool go out' and that's probably the best sign that the right team went through and that's how it is in the knockout stage." Jurgen Klopp has explained his decisions to leave Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez out of the game.
“For Diogo it was clear he shouldn’t play extremely long as he is still coming back from a long, long injury and you could see the game got harder for him. He made some fouls as he was coming late, so no risk for him.
Darwin looked like he was not at the absolute top level as well and we needed to defend that side as well. We could change and we wanted to mix things up a bit”.