‘Book the hotel’ – Jurgen Klopp comments haunt him as Liverpool boss admits Champions League comeback at Real Madrid might be impossible
Hopefully Jurgen Klopp nonetheless has free cancellation on that resort in Istanbul.
Any Liverpool followers who blindly adopted his directions in Might 2022 will be desperately trying up phrases and situations proper about now.
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That’s as a result of the Reds look extremely unlikely to ship their supervisor’s daring prediction of an look on this 12 months’s Champions League closing.
Real Madrid have been their tormentors as soon as once more as the LaLiga giants got here again from 2-0 down after 14 minutes to lead by three with 20 minutes remaining in a 5-2 win at Anfield on Tuesday.
Liverpool are nicely-adjusted to distress at the palms of Madrid, having misplaced the 2018 and 2022 Champions League finals to Los Blancos.
However talking after final 12 months’s defeat, Klopp was in a defiant temper.
“I’ve a powerful feeling we’ll come once more,” he mentioned.
“The boys are aggressive. We may have an excellent group subsequent season.
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“Where’s it next season? Istanbul? Book the hotel.”
Oops. Of course, any Champions League historian knows that discounting the Reds is a silly thing to do.
They overturned a three-goal deficit in seven minutes in the final against AC Milan in 2005.
Barcelona famously took a 3-0 lead to Anfield in 2019, only to get thumped 4-0 in the second leg.
Who could forget this comeback against Barca?
There is undeniably something about Liverpool and trailing by three goals in Europe but Klopp admits avoiding defeat in this last-16 tie requires a different scale of miracle ahead of next month’s trip to the Bernabeu.
And even the never-say-die German lacks hope his team will honour that hotel booking in three months’ time.
“I think Carlo [Ancelotti] thinks the tie is over and I think it as well at the moment,” Klopp said after the game.
“But in three weeks… that’s how it is in these moments, the closer you get to the game, the bigger our chances become and the less likely it is that the tie is over.
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“Tonight once you see the sport they’re fairly good at counter-attacking and we’ve got to attain three objectives. So to take some threat that would be difficult.
“Nevertheless it’s actually not in my thoughts… we’ll attempt to win the sport. If that’s potential or not I don’t know now however that’s what we’ll attempt to from there we’ll see.”