Jurgen Klopp: "We made it too easy for Real Madrid"

The boss reacts to Liverpool's crushing defeat to old European foes Real Madrid.
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Liverpool fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday. The Reds now require another memorable European night at Anfield next week, if they wish to stay in the competition.

At full time, Jurgen Klopp spoke to BT Sport about his side's underwhelming performance.

Salah goal Madrid

"If you want to go to the semi-finals you have to earn the right to do so. We didn't do that tonight. We didn't play good enough football to cause them more problems."

"We made it too easy for Real Madrid."

In a woeful first half, Liverpool were dominated by the weakened Spanish side, from start to finish. It was only a matter of time before Los Blancos took the lead, an advantage they obtained in the 27th minute through Vinicius Junior, who converted Toni Kroos' tremendous cross-field ball. Marco Asensio doubled that lead within minutes, after punishing Trent Alexander-Arnold loose header.

"The goals are mistakes that can happen. I was not happy with the performance. In these moments, you have to create and play better football."

Shortly after the break, Mohamed Salah got a goal back for a rejuvenated Liverpool side with a deft finish past Thibaut Courtois. However, their bubble was subsequently burst when Vinicius Junior grabbed his second with just 25 minutes to play.

Salah Madrid

"We didn't deserve a lot more tonight but the one goal was absolutely okay and gives us a lifeline."

Liverpool now return to Anfield on Saturday to face top four contenders Aston Villa, prior to their second leg against Zinedine Zidane's side on 14th April. 

Will the Reds bounce back from this deflating performance?