UCL: What Klopp said after 3-0 loss to Barcelona
Jurgen Klopp hailed his Liverpool players in the Nou Camp, calling it “their best away Champions League performance” despite losing 3-0 to Barcelona.
Lionel Messi scored twice to put Barcelona in pole position of their Champions League semi-final but Liverpool controlled large periods of the clash, recording 15 shots on goal.
“It’s OK to lose away in the Champions League as long as you score a goal, we didn’t and that’s a problem,” Klopp said.
“That makes our life not easy. My boys gained a lot of respect again for the way they played and how they’ve developed. I had so much fun watching that game but we lost it. That’s not fun. But I’ve been in this business for a long time and I have learned to accept.”
He added: “These boys never give up. I love that. But there’s no party in that dressing room. We will use the game to show the boys how important it was for their development. I really think it was the best away game we’ve played in the Champions League – it’s an important message for us.”
Messi took the game away from Liverpool with two goals in seven minutes.
His free-kick to make it 3-0 – his 600th goal for Barcelona – will live long in the memory and Klopp admitted there was little his team could have done to stop him in that situation.
“In those moments, he is unstoppable – we couldn’t defend the free-kick,” Klopp said.