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Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool’s Champions League Exit: “So Difficult” to Play Atletico Madrid

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Football was a mistake.

Liverpool FC v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Well that wasn’t so much fun.

Liverpool gave everything at home to Atletico Madrid. They created a lot. But it was one of those days where football is football, and the away side went through. It happens. Jürgen Klopp was aware of how it is.

“For the score to go 2-1 was not cool, it was a blow but it’s not a big problem”, the Liverpool manager told BT Sport, as reported by BBC Sport. “The second goal was a bigger problem.

”After the second goal the legs were a bit tired. Everything that looked really natural in the first 90 minutes became a bit stiff. The crosses did not have the same quality We wanted the first time crosses like for the first goal, which was brilliant and the boys forget to do that.

”I am completely happy with the performance. It’s so difficult to play a side like this.

”I don’t understand with the quality they have the football they play. They could play proper football but they stand deep and have counter attacks.

”We accept it of course but it doesn’t feel right tonight. I realise I am a really bad loser, especially when the boys put such an effort in against world class players on the other side who defend with two rows of four.

”We know in the last two years we had some lucky moments in the Champions League, you have to, to reach two finals, but today it was everything was against us in the decisive moments.”

On a more emotional note, Klopp struck a tone of disappointment but knowledge that Liverpool will have other chances in this competition.

I’m searching for the right words. Our main mistake was to not score the second goal five minutes earlier. We scored it in extra time and not in the 90 minutes.

”The 90 minutes were exceptional, the boys played a wonderful game. You saw all the goals we conceded you should not concede them. We lose in a specific way, it’s always different but it’s difficult to explain those goals to be honest.

”We will come again and go again but now we are out.”