Liverpool Left With A Mountain To Climb
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed his side’s performance against Barcelona as their best away game in two years despite the Reds’ 3-0 defeat.
A first-half goal from former Red Luis Suarez along with a second-half brace from Lionel Messi have put the Catalan side in complete control of the tie. But speaking after the game Klopp hailed his side’s performance.
“I don’t know if we can play much better,” he said.
“I think it was the best away game in the Champions League – not only this year, last year included.
“I told the boys I’m proud of how we played. Against a side like this, playing this kind of football, I was completely happy.
“In the end, nobody is really interested – probably only football nerds will think about it – because it was about the result, and we lost 3-0.
“I can work really well with this game. I will use this game to show the boys what is possible. It was a brave performance that was very passionate, very lively and, in a lot of moments, creative and direct.”
Liverpool had more possession than Barcelona in ast night’s tie and completed more passes – 547 to 510. But it was all to no avail and the Premier League side go in to next week’s second leg knowing they have a mountain to climb.
“How we caused them problems was outstanding and we controlled the game in the second half,” Klopp added.
“Football is like this. It’s about scoring goals – and they scored three and we scored none. Our performance was really good, the boys played a super game. But against Barcelona just a few opportunities can be enough [for them].”