Jurgen Klopp: "Naby was not responsible for the performance in the first half"

The Guinean was subbed off in just the 42nd minute of Liverpool's 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.
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Liverpool suffered a crushing defeat to Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, a result which leaves them with work to do in next week's second leg.

Marco Asensio's rather fortuitous goal, sandwiched by a Vinicius Junior double, dealt a serious blow to the Reds' Champions League hopes. Fortunately, Mohamed Salah's away goal has handed Liverpool a much-needed lifeline.

Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp gave a pretty honest take on the result.

"First and foremost, we didn't deserve to win."

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"Did we deserve more than the 3-1? I'm not sure to be honest."

"Football is a game where mistakes are normal but you have to do it in the right spaces. We can counter-press but if you give it to the opponent then it is tricky. The only positive of the night is that we scored."

Notably, Klopp chose to substitute Naby Keita shortly before the break, a decision that has since sparked debate and controversy.

"Naby was not responsible for the performance in the first half. He was not good in the game, but I could have made a few more changes in that moment. Yes, it was tactical. I did it, and now I'm not happy about it because we talk as if it was Naby's fault."

"I wanted more intensity with the ball. We lost the ball in the wrong moments - so many easy passes. You have these really quick, world class players in 1v1 situations. That is not cool."

In fairness to Klopp, Thiago's introduction breathed new life into Liverpool, who scored within minutes of the restart. 

Importantly, however, what effects will this have on Keita going forward?