Monday 19 August 2019

'Football is like this' - Jurgen Klopp rues missed chances as Liverpool are undone by sloppy finishing

Barcelona 3 Liverpool 0

Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - FC Barcelona v Liverpool - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 1, 2019 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic react Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - FC Barcelona v Liverpool - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 1, 2019 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic react Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
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Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool's performance despite the Reds falling to a devastating 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp.

The visitors dominated for large periods but a series of missed chances came back to haunt Klopp's side as a second half double from Lionel Messi put Barcelona in the driving seat heading to Anfield.

Earlier in the first half, former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez opened the scoring after sliding in to meet Jordi Alba's cross.

Speaking on BT Sport after the match, Klopp rued the fact that his players failed to make their good play count on the score-board.

"Football is like this," Klopp said.

"It is about scoring goals. They scored three and we scored none. The performance was really good. The boys played a super game. Against a team like Barcelona, a few moments are enough to give them an opportunity. I'm really happy with the performance but not with the result. That is football."

Despite trailing at the break, Liverpool started the second half brilliantly and dominated for long periods before Messi profited from a Suarez strike that came back off the bar, and then added a second from a free kick.

Klopp was delighted with how his team responded after the break and admitted that Messi's second goal couldn't be stopped.

"How we played it, I don't know if we can play it much better," Klopp added.

"But then in one moment, the ball hits the crossbar and Messi gets an easy goal and the other one is a wonder-strike. It was unsaveable. We are 3-0 down. Let's recover and go to Newcastle. I told my boys my view of the game and that's how it is."

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