Klopp blames Mohamed Salah


Liverpool failed to compensate for its loss in the first-leg match against Real Madrid and settled for a 0-0 draw at home on Wednesday to bid farewell to the UEFA Champions League, and coach Juergen Klopp had no doubts about the reasons.
The 3-1 loss in Madrid could have been compensated for in the first 20 minutes given the opportunities created by Liverpool. The poor first-leg performance made the mission difficult at Anfield and the inactivity ended any hope for the team.
“You always need decisive moments,” said the German coach. We didn’t lose the match tonight, we lost it in Madrid. The situation was not comfortable in Madrid. We were good, played hard and had chances. We did not score and then Real Madrid’s experience settled the confrontation.
Mohamed Salah missed two early chances and the Egyptian player’s attacking trio with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane seemed far from his level in the last two seasons.
Klopp said: We know that Mohamed Salah can finish these opportunities with his eyes closed. This did not happen. But we said goodbye to the championship.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner believes his team entered the match with the right spirit, but agreed with his coach that the final touch had let the team down.
“Performance, intensity and desire were all good.” But we did not take advantage of our opportunities and that is the difference. We definitely played better. And we did enough to win the match. We wanted to start the match and set the rhythm from the start. If we were to play this harshly, the situation would have changed completely. On the whole we weren’t good over the course of the two matches.
And the disastrous situation for Liverpool could worsen if it fails to reach the Champions League next season as it occupies sixth place, which would be a strong economic blow to the club.
“We love this tournament and for other reasons it is important to qualify for it,” Klopp said. Now we can focus on the league and we’ll do that.


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