Jurgen Klopp Questions Atletico Madrid Style After Liverpool’s Champions League Exit



Holders Liverpool knocked out of Champions League after defeat to Atletico; “I don’t understand with the quality they have the football they play. They could play proper football,” says Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp admitted it was difficult to explain how Liverpool exited the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, and doesn’t understand why the Spaniards “play like that”.


A defensive Atletico rode their luck in large parts at Anfield, but came from 2-0 down to win 3-2, progressing to the quarter-final 4-2 on aggregate, with Adrian at fault for at least one of their goals.


Klopp seemed dumbfounded by the result after the game, questioning Atletico’s playing style, but still insisted he was happy with Liverpool’s performance, with the Reds registering 35 shots on goal. “We saw all the goals we conceded, we shouldn’t concede these kind of goals,” he told BT Sport. “Tonight, it is difficult to explain these goals, but it is like it is.


“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.


“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. It doesn’t feel right tonight, to be honest.”


He then said in his post-match press conference: “I am a really under-average loser, to be honest, at least tonight. I could say a lot of things and I would look like the worst loser in the world. The way they play I just don’t get it. But the winner is right. That is how it is.”


Referring to Adrian’s miscued kick to Joao Felix, who then fed Marcos Llorente to score to make it 2-1 on the night, Klopp said: “We score the second goal and then everyone sees their first goal. The pass was not really helpful.

Adrian is a lovely boy but in this moment he makes the wrong decision. In that moment, usually conceding a goal is part of football and shouldn’t have a massive influence. But in this moment, the momentum changed. Before that, Madrid were wondering how they should cope. Before that, everything felt natural for us. Then we became a bit stiff and they became a bit fresher in the legs. They score two goals.”


“We have had lucky moments in the Champions League before. Most of the time we really deserved it, but we had some lucky moments as well. Tonight we are out. Atletico won both games, they deserve it. Everybody knows we will go again. We will come again.”

There will be criticism of Adrian, who played in place of the injured Alisson, in the aftermath of the game, but Klopp urged his critics to stay respectful.


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