Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to give up on his side’s hopes of reaching a successive UEFA Champions League final after suffering a 3 nil defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
The goals for the Catalans were provided by former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the first half before Lionel Messi came up with the second and a brilliant freekick for the third.
Meanwhile, Liverpool had a chance to pull one back as Roberto Firmino’s shot was cleared off the line before Mohammed Salah failed to capitalize on the follow-up as his shot hit the woodwork.
Therefore, the Premier League outfit now have a huge task as they must score 4 un-replied goals in the return leg at Anfield to stand a chance of sealing a place in the final.
Regardless, Jurgen Klopp has refused to give up on his side’s hopes.
“Because it is football, yes, but before this game we had a bigger chance let me say it like this,” he said.
“It is difficult because it is Barcelona and they can play for counter-attack which doesn’t help us a lot.
“Because it is football we should still try but it didn’t make our life easier.”
The scoreline at the blast of the final whistle was definitely not a proper reflection of how the game was played as the Reds were impressive on the night. However, Barcelona took their chances while Liverpool failed to take theirs.
Speaking further, Klopp continued: “People who haven’t seen the game will see the result and say strange things about it”
“As a manager, what I judge on is how we played. I am completely happy and proud of the boys.
“I think it was the best Champions League game we played not only this year but last year as well. Against a side like this, playing this kind of football, I was completely happy.
“Whatever happens, these boys, I couldn’t be more proud of them.”