Klopp says 'comebacks can't be taken for granted' ahead of Real test

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool ‘can’t take comebacks for granted’ and insists repeat of heroics against Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona in past five years will be much tougher in an empty Anfield as they strive to overcome 3-1 deficit to Real Madrid

  • Liverpool must overcome a 3-1 deficit to get past Real Madrid on Wednesday
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side were well below their best in last week’s first leg in Spain
  • But a 2-0 win at Anfield is enough to take them into Champions League semis
  • Klopp’s side have staged epic comebacks against Dortmund and Barcelona
  • But Klopp says such nights ‘cannot be taken for granted’ in an empty Anfield 

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool ‘can’t take comebacks for granted’ just because they’ve stunned opponents in the past as they try and overhaul a 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid.

Klopp’s side famously came back from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona 4-0 in the 2019 Champions League semi-finals.

And precisely five years ago on Wednesday they also came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 and reach the Europa League semi-finals.

Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged the scale of Liverpool’s challenge as they attempt to overcome a 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid and reach the Champions League semi-finals

Liverpool turned around a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barcelona in 2019 to reach the final

Klopp’s side beat Barcelona 4-0 but the manager says comebacks can’t be taken for granted

One both occasions, they had a raucous Anfield crowd squarely behind them and that factor will be missing when they host the 13-time European champions.

Klopp said Liverpool can only enjoy another famous European night through belief, application and a performance significantly improved from last week’s defeat in Madrid.

Asked about comebacks and the chances of another, Klopp said: ‘We will see. Some of the boys were involved in these games [against Dortmund and Barcelona].

‘You cannot take it for granted, you never should and could. You don’t get a comeback because you had a comeback in the past.

‘You have to play really good football in the present. The best situation is when you’re not in a situation when you need a comeback.

‘But the situation is clear and that’s why this competition is so interesting because you have rules like the away goals and it makes it really exciting.

In the 2016 Europa League, Liverpool came from two goals down to beat Borussia Dortmund

Klopp celebrates wildly on the sidelines as Liverpool beat his former club 5-4 on aggregate

‘We should not concede and then if we can create more than in Madrid, and that should be possible because we didn’t create too much, we will see what we can do.

‘When you’re 3-1 down, it looks like you’re already out. We will give it a try. I think that’s the job we have to do and that’s exactly how we will go for it. 

‘We cannot just take comebacks for granted, especially not without a crowd in the stadium. We have to create out own atmosphere.’

Though Liverpool were second best as the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano last Tuesday, thanks to Mohamed Salah’s away goal they can advance with a 2-0 win. 

Thanks to that away goal, Liverpool’s situation isn’t as dire as one Klopp faced at his former club Dortmund back in 2014.

Mohamed Salah’s away goal in Madrid means that a 2-0 win on Wednesday would be enough

Two goals from Vinicius Jr fired Real Madrid to a 3-1 first leg win against Liverpool last week

They lost 3-0 to Real in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final tie and were written off but two Marco Reus goals in the first 37 minutes at the Westfalenstadion raised hopes of a comeback.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real side held firm and didn’t concede again.

Klopp recalled: ‘A few years ago, we played Dortmund versus Madrid, we lost 3-0, we played not good and the German journalists asked me if it’s gone. 

‘I said ‘probably but we have to play the second leg’. After 37 mins of the second game, we were 2-0 up. It stayed 2-0 and we didn’t go through. 

‘What is much more important for me is the performance, we have to play like ourselves, we have to be as good as we can, we have to try and win the game and we will see where the result leads us to. 

Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund have Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid a huge fright back in 2014

‘1-0 means that whenever we score that goal, we have one minute, five minutes, 10 minutes, whatever, to score that goal. 

‘But with the quality Madrid has, we have to defend on our highest level and we didn’t do that the other night. 

‘It is about winning games and if that results in a comeback, I don’t know. We have to arrive in a mood that can happen again. It is still hard.’  




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