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Liverpool ‘obviously the better team’ against Real Madrid – Milner

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Being largely ineffective in the final third of the pitch and failing to convert any of their numerous chances saw the Reds crash out of Europe.

James Milner believes Liverpool were “obviously the better team” in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg against Real Madrid.

Neither side were able to find the back of the net and the match ended as it had started, with Liverpool playing out a 0-0 draw against Real Madrid at Anfield.

The hosts dominated the proceedings and had plenty of chances, with Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, and Georginio Wijnaldum all guilty of missing opportunities.

Jurgen Klopp’s men just couldn’t overturn a two-goal deficit from the first-leg, and Los Blancos advanced to the semi-finals on a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Milner told BT Sport post-match: “We were obviously the better team. We did enough to win the game.

“The performance, intensity and desire was good. But you can’t not take the chances we had and that was the difference.

“The positive is we are creating the chances and the reaction we showed.

“We wanted to come out of the blocks and set that tempo. If we had played that first leg with the same intensity it would have been very different. Ultimately we weren’t good enough over two games.

“The most important thing is if we perform with the desire and intensity hopefully we can get into those top four spots.”