Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted his side didn’t deserve to win against Real Madrid, claiming his side made it too easy for them.
Jurgen Klopp was critical of his side’s performance following their 3-1 quarter-final first-leg defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The Reds went into the break 2-0 down thanks to goals from Vinicius Jr. and Marco Asensio. Toni Kroos showed some good vision to spot Vinicius in a good position while Asensio made the most of an error from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Klopp watched his Liverpool side improve after the break and they did reduce the deficit thanks to Mohamed Salah. However, Vinicius scored again to seal a 3-1 win and put the Reds on the brink of a Champions League exit.
Speaking after the game, the Liverpool boss was displeased with his side’s performance, especially in the first half.
“First and foremost I don’t think we deserved to win tonight, we didn’t play good enough and that is my first concern,” said Klopp as per Sky Sports.
“Especially in the first half we didn’t play good enough football. We conceded the first goal, served the second on a plate [after Trent Alexander-Arnold’smistake], but that was not the real problem of the game.”
“Of course conceding goals is a problem but it is not the problem. The second half we did better, we scored our goal which is the positive of the night and that’s how it is.”
Klopp also hit out at the referee’s treatment of Mane, claiming it was something personal.
“The situation with Sadio, what the ref did tonight I have to say I don’t understand,” he added.
“For me that was something personal because he dealt with the situation with Sadio, which was a clear foul, like he was a diver or whatever.”
“From that moment on whenever Sadio went down he didn’t get anything. That is not right. That is what I told him after the game, that I thought he was unfair with Sadio.”
“That doesn’t change anything at all. He [Brych] didn’t lose the game. We were not good enough to get a better result, but in these moments you need just an ‘OK’ ref. That would have been enough.”