Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his side ” Made it too easy” for Real Madrid as they suffered a 3-1 loss in the first leg of the champions league quarter-finals on Tuesday night.
Real Madrid Youngster Vinicius Jr. scored two goals on the night.
Marco Asensio was also on target for Los Blancos, while Mohammed Salah scored a crucial away goal for the Reds.
Liverpool were far from the performance that saw them lift the trophy in 2019 and will need to step up their game if they are to progress beyond the quarter-finals.
Speaking after the game, Klopp told BT Sports: “If you want to go to the semi-final, you have to earn the right to do so. We didn’t do that tonight, especially in the first half. The only good thing I can say, apart from the goal, is it’s only the first half of the tie.
“We just didn’t play good enough football to cause Real Madrid more problems.
“We made it too easy for them. These mistakes can happen. We didn’t deserve a lot more but that one goal and the second half was OK. It gives us a lifeline.”
On replacing Naby Keita towards the end of the first half, the Reds chief said: “It’s not a big story. I don’t like it. He wasn’t the only one. It was tactical. I could have done a few more changes at that moment.”
On what they need in the second half, Klopp added: “Intensity with the ball especially. You cannot defend the speed of Real Madrid when you give them the ball at the wrong moments. If you lose the ball at the right moment it’s OK. We lost the ball, so many easy passes.
“You have really quick and world-class players in one on ones. We have to be better in possession.”