Despite Liverpool having to overcome a 5-2 disadvantage, the German coach said there is a chance of eliminating Real Madrid and moving on to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted it was “unlikely but possible” to beat Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League after losing 5-2 in the first leg.
“Even if there is only a 1% chance, I would like to try, so we are here to play against very strong opponents and try to win,” Klopp told the press conference ahead of the Champions League round of 16. Call this Wednesday.
“It’s possible, it’s not likely, but it’s possible and we’ll see what happens”, added the Liverpool coach, who indicated the need to play a great game to qualify for the next phase.
“Of course it’s difficult because we’re not in a very good position, but we’re looking forward to playing this game,” said the German coach.
“Of course we don’t say to Real Madrid ‘watch out, we’re here’, that’s not the case, but we’re here to try to win the game,” he insisted.
And for that, “we have to play very well, a normal or good game will not be enough. We have to give our best tomorrow and that is what we will try to do”, said Klopp.
There are no big changes
The German coach doesn’t believe he should change much from the first leg at Anfield, as “I don’t see a problem with our tactical plan. We didn’t defend enough counterattacks in the second half”.
“We have to be very active with and without the ball. We have to press well in midfield. We have to attack and try to avoid counterattacks.”
“We have nothing to lose”, added Klopp, praising Real Madrid, recalling that “the white team has a great team”, recalling that the white team “put me in difficult moments”. (AFP)