The German tactician says the Reds can’t afford to give the Merengue a thumbs up in the return leg at Anfield.
Jürgen Klopp has identified what Liverpool need to do to beat Real Madrid and reach the Champions League semi-finals. Liverpool suffered a major setback in their pursuit of a seventh European Cup after being beaten 3-1 by Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final last week. A brace from Vinicius Junior and a strike from Marco Asensio gave the Merengues a good lead ahead of the return to Anfield.
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Mohamed Salah scored a very important away goal for the Reds, and Jürgen Klopp is still hoping his side can turn things around on the return. However, the German tactician says Liverpool can’t afford to give Madrid a thumbs up if they are to succeed in reaching the last four in the competition, having seen how clinical they can be in the final third when any sort opportunity arises.
“To beat Real Madrid you have to defend at your highest level because their attacking qualities are incredible and even then it’s really difficult,” Klopp said at a pre-match press conference. “The first goal they scored was a good example; for most of the teams in the world it wasn’t even a half chance, but Toni Kroos’ pass and the first touch and the finish were absolutely incredible “.
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“So even if you defend yourself well and deny them a lot of things, those things are still possible. For the next two goals, our involvement percentage was too high, definitely. So we have to defend at a very high level. level and we have to create chances – and that’s what we’re going to try. I can’t invent new things just because we’re down 3-1, we’ll use the usual football tools – or we’ll try at less”, added the German.
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Liverpool are no stranger to miracles on the continental stage, having been regulars in the knockout stages of the Champions League since Gerard Houllier’s tenure in the early 2000s. Rafa Benitez was in charge when the Reds had to score three points in their last group stage game in 2004-05, Steven Gerrard proving to be the hero with a spectacular 3-1 victory over Olympiacos at Anfield.
Liverpool then reached the final in Istanbul and staged one of the most notable turnovers in football history after being led 3-0 by AC Milan in the first half, bringing the score to the same level at the end of regulation time before finally winning on penalties. The Merseyside side’s last comeback came in their triumphant 2018-19 campaign, as they rebounded from a 3-0 first-leg loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou by beating the Spanish giants 4-0 at Anfield to qualify for the final – that they won 2-1 against Tottenham.