Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken positively about the club’s performance at the Camp Nou despite them suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona. The Reds maintained a tireless workrate over the course of the 90 minutes, but the hosts made the most of their chances during the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.
“How we caused them problems was outstanding and we controlled the game in the second half. It was bad defending for the first goal but 1-0 is not a big problem. Going out for the second half, I don’t know if we can play much better. But they had one moment against the crossbar and then Lionel Messi’s there for an easy goal, and the other one is a wonder strike. It was unsaveable,” he said.
The Reds now switch their attention to the weekend Premier League clash at Newcastle United and they face a must-win situation to remain in the title hunt. The Merseyside outfit are currently one point behind Manchester City at the top with two games to play and their quest for the maiden Premier League crown is entirely dependent on the Citizens dropping points.
Nonetheless, they cannot be complacent with their own game at St James Park, considering the Magpies have got the better of top-six opposition in the past. The Tyneside outfit have a good record against Liverpool under Rafael Benitez and the Reds surely won’t be afforded with an easy triumph by their former head coach.