After the first game of the Champions League quarter-finals, Liverpool are in a difficult situation. The current British champion lost to Real by a score of 3-1.
Vinicius Junior (27th, 65th) scored two goals for the Royals, Marco Asensio (36th) scored the goal, and Mohamed Salah scored in the 51st minute for the return on April 14. The previous visitor brought hope.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp was so disappointed with the team’s performance that he excluded Naby Keita from Real Madrid’s second goal. Thiago Alcantara has the opportunity to change things around him. Although Liverpool looked better after this move, many people criticized Klopp for not waiting for the break to replace players.
“I want to know whether he should really insult his players like three minutes before the first half. This change is obviously a punishment,” said Royal legend Jorge Valdano.
After the game, Klopp also commented on Keita’s successor.
“This is a tactical alternative. This is one of the things I don’t like about this job. When you do, it turns out that one player is responsible for the first half of the game. Keita is not responsible for our bad game. Nothing. Wrong, he did not perform well, but at that time I could take over some people. This has nothing to do with Naby, but I did it, and now I am not happy that we are saying that it is Naby’s responsibility. No. This is tactical.”
When the 26-year-old midfielder withdrew from the game, Keita and Klopp neither shook hands nor exchanged eyes.