Jurgen Klopp says only ‘Nerds’ will be interested that Liverpool were better than Barcelona
Jurgen Klopp now has to pick his team up for a visit to Newcastle United, after their Champions League dream all but disappeared on Wednesday night.
Reflecting on the game though, the Liverpool boss says he was ‘completely happy’ with how they played, despite the three goal lead Barcelona take to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp declaring ‘I don’t know if we can play much better…’, which must be a worry when after having to face Lionel Messi and friends, he now has to get a result at Newcastle to keep Premier League title hopes alive!
Klopp referred to the stats and says that only ‘football nerds’ will be interested that Liverpool were the better team, apart from the one stat that matters – goals.
Liverpool had more passes (547 v 510) than Barcelona and more possession (52% v 48%), more shots (15 v 12) and more corners (5 v 3).
Surprisingly it is only five months since another side had more possession at the Camp Nou and they were English as well. Tottenham drawing there in December to qualify from their group and having 52% possession, although Barcelona rested most of their stars as they had already qualified.
The scousers also had the better chances, Milner wasting two great opportunities and Salah somehow hitting the post from eight yards with the keeper out the picture and just a defender to beat on the line.
In two days time Liverpool travel to St James Park to face a Newcastle side with six wins at home in their last seven matches, NUFC fans will be hoping they can add to Klopp’s misery and make the last home match a special one.
Newcastle supporters also facing the harsh reality that this could well be the last game Rafa Benitez where is in the home dugout, as zero sign of Mike Ashley bending to Rafa and the fans’ will.
Jurgen Klopp after losing 3-0 to Barcelona:
“I don’t know if we can play much better…
“I think it was the best away game in the Champions League, not only this year, last year included.
“I told the boys I’m proud of how we played.
“Against a side like this, playing this kind of football, I was completely happy.
“In the end, nobody is really interested, probably only football nerds (will consider the stats), because it was about the result and we lost 3-0.
“I will use this game to show the boys what is possible.
“It was a brave performance that was very passionate, very lively and, in a lot of moments, creative and direct, how we caused them problems was outstanding and we controlled the game in that second half.
“Football is like this and it is about scoring goals…they scored three and we scored none.
“Our performance was really good and the boys played a super game, but against Barcelona, just a few opportunities can be enough.
“Before this game we had a bigger chance, so it is difficult (to now win the tie), it is Barcelona and if they can play for counter-attacks that doesn’t help us a lot.
“It is difficult to avoid but because it is football, we should still try.”
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