Jurgen Klopp criticised Liverpool for their “slapstick” defending as they suffered a humiliating five-two Champions League defeat against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The Premier League club led two- soon after 14 minutes on objectives from Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez, but Vinicius bagged a brace ahead of half-time to level the scores. His second came from an Alisson error.
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Liverpool crumbled in the second half, with an Eder Militao header and Karim Benzema double sealing a spectacular comeback from the LaLiga champions.
“We gave all 5 objectives away,” Klopp mentioned in his postmatch news conference. “It suggests we could have accomplished superior there.
“In our predicament, it is seriously essential we see optimistic measures, and the initially half was, apart from the two objectives we conceded, was fairly a great deal the most effective we played all season. The second target was slapstick.”
Liverpool appeared to rediscover final season’s type heading into the Champions League tie with two- wins more than Everton and Newcastle United, and Klopp urged his players not to shed self-confidence soon after their defeat at Anfield.
“I can see that folks feel that [losing confidence] is understandable, but that is totally not permitted,” he added. “I told the boys that this is a outcome the opposite of what we wanted, but a defeat is a defeat.
“If you never discover from it, and if you never discover the get started was outstanding and was us in a nutshell [it would be a mistake]. So if we let this a single game to be influential, we are seriously silly. We have a handful of days when I will make confident we take the correct issues.
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“Yes, we have a handful of issues to increase, in particular on the third target [from Militao], massively. First target [from Vinicius], massively. But the intensity, the work we showed, the football was like every little thing we want to see. So we have to make confident we maintain that. [A] five-two [result] could be damaging, but I have to make confident that is not taking place.”
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was also crucial of his former side’s defensive show.
“I have to say, what a overall performance by Real Madrid, to come to Anfield and do that,” he told CBS soon after the game. “I’ve never ever observed a group come to Anfield like that on a European evening and destroy Liverpool.
“That was shambolic from Liverpool. Embarrassing. We’ve created excuses for them all season and mentioned there is motives why they are not carrying out as properly as they have accomplished in earlier seasons, but that was a disgrace, that second half.
“To not even have a opportunity, to not show any fight soon after the objectives go in, and to shed that second half three- when you are attacking the Kop at two-two in a knockout game — totally shambolic. I’m speaking about defensively shambolic all season.”