‘Anfield is at least a proper stadium’: Jurgen Klopp blames Liverpool’s loss on ‘strange’ experience of playing at Real Madrid’s TRAINING GROUND… and admits he ‘doesn’t know’ if they can turn it around with no fans at home
- Liverpool fell to a poor 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League
- Madrid triumphed playing at their Alfredo di Stefano training ground
- Jurgen Klopp admits his side found it ‘difficult’ playing at the venue
- But Reds boss is hopeful of turn around in second leg at Anfield next week
Jurgen Klopp claims his Liverpool players found it ‘difficult’ to play at Real Madrid’s training ground after they fell to a poor 3-1 defeat at the Spanish side in the Champions League.
Since the coronavirus outbreak over a year ago, Real Madrid have been playing all their home games at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano while they revamp their Bernabeu home.
Compared to the 81,000 stadium, Madrid’s training ground holds just 6,000 and even though no supporters have been allowed to attend games recently, Klopp claims the atmosphere felt strange during the first-leg quarter-final loss.
Jurgen Klopp claims his side found it difficult playing at Real Madrid’s training ground
The Reds fell to a 3-1 Champions League defeat playing at the Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday
The Liverpool manager also relished the prospect of trying to overturn the two-goal deficit when they welcome the Spanish side back to Anfield next Wednesday.
‘It must be a really tricky task for Real Madrid at Anfield,’ Klopp said.
‘This was strange tonight because it was really difficult with the stadium (at Madrid’s training ground) but Anfield is at least a proper stadium and it will be good for us.’
Liverpool were easily seen off on Tuesday night, with a brace from Vinicius Junior and another from Marco Asensio after a horror Trent Alexander-Arnold blunder put Zinedine Zidane’s side in control of the tie.
However the Reds struck a crucial second half away goal via Mohamed Salah and would progress to the semi-finals if they win 2-0 in the upcoming second leg.
Madrid are now in control of the Champions League tie thanks to a brace from Vinicius Junior
But Klopp is hopeful for the quarter-final return leg at Anfield next Wednesday
Liverpool have previous when it comes to overturning Spanish giants on home soil, famously defeating Barcelona 4-0 to win 4-3 on aggregate on their way to winning the Champions League in 2019.
However, Klopp believes playing in front of Anfield supporters has helped on them on such occasions, and the absence of fans in relation to the Covid outbreak could hinder them next week.
‘If you want to have some emotional memories you watch the Barcelona game back and 80 per cent of it is the atmosphere in the stadium,’ added Klopp.
‘It’s not like I sit here and say ‘Comebacks are our thing’. We had supporters then and I don’t know if we can do it.
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