Jürgen Klopp does not want to give up hope of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League with Liverpool after the crashing 2: 5 against Real Madrid. "We're going there, I can say that already, and we'll try to win the game. Whether that's possible or not, I don't know. But we'll try and then see what happens," he said on Tuesday evening after Liverpool lost a 2-0 lead in the first leg of the round of 16.
Immediately after the game, of course, he had the feeling that things were over. "That's how it is in moments like this. But the closer you get to the game, the greater the chances and the less likely it is that our game is over," said Klopp.
Darwin Nunez (4') and Mohamed Salah (14') gave the home side the lead - Vinicius Junior (21', 36'), Eder Militao (47') and Karim Benzema (55', 67') also provided a brace for a football spectacle at Anfield Road.
Rüdiger: With self-confidence "everything went a little easier"
"We still believed in ourselves, but coming back like this is just crazy," said Real central defender Antonio Rüdiger. "After the 0:2 we said to ourselves: We only need one goal - luckily we did it quickly. After that we had confidence and everything went a little easier," said the international.
Both teams had faced each other in the final of the Champions League in 2018 and 2022, in both cases Real won. While Madrid underlined their title ambitions with the comeback, Liverpool is on the verge of being eliminated.
The hope of a turnaround for the team, which has been struggling this season, has fizzled out for the time being. For the first time in club history, Liverpool have conceded five goals in a home game in international competition. "It's a reality check," said former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. "With any team that concedes five goals, there are things that need to be questioned."