Jurgen Klopp unfazed after Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Madrid: We will go again
- Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final
- Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp confident team will go again
- This is Klopp's second defeat to Liverpool after 2018
Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 to win the Champions League final in Paris, marking the second time that Jurgen Klopp has faced a loss to Los Blancos, in the final stage of the European tournament, during his time as the Reds' manager.
Despite the heartbreak, the German is sure of the team's mentality and confident the Merseyside club will bounce back. "The two competitions we couldn’t win, we didn’t win for the smallest possible margin – one point, 1-0. What does that say?" he said, as per This is Anfield, adding, "[Manchester] City during the season were one point better and tonight Madrid were one goal better. That says nothing about us."
The 54-year-old added, "The difference between 2018 and now is that I see us coming again. In 2018 I wished it but I couldn’t know. But these boys are really competitive, they have an incredible attitude, it’s a fantastic group and we will go again definitely."
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was the showstopper last night, literally, with nine saves helping the La Liga side keep a clean sheet. He was awarded the Man of the Match, and Klopp spoke of what the Belgian's role said about Liverpool's performance.
"When the goalkeeper is Man of the Match then something is going wrong for the other team, so we had I think three really big chances where Courtois made incredible saves. I would have loved to have had a few more of this calibre", he noted, adding, "In the last third we could have done better, a pass here, the crosses, especially towards the end of the game, towards Courtois made not too much sense."
Liverpool, despite missing out on both the CL and PL titles, have had a spectacular season, winning the Carabao and FA Cups, and playing every possible fixture. Klopp, knowing it is time to celebrate the team's wins, and the season's ending, said "Tomorrow, we will celebrate the season. It’s good that we don’t have to do that now immediately".
He added, "But after a night’s sleep and maybe another talk or speech from me, the boys will realise how special it was what they did."
The German concluded, "Even if nobody on this planet would understand that we have a parade tomorrow, we still will do it and I really hope that everybody who has the chance to get to Liverpool is there tomorrow and celebrates together with us a fantastic season which we all had together", adding, "It didn’t end like we wanted but yeah, that’s facts. But, how I said, the club is in a good moment, we will go again."