Champions League: What Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool players in dressing room after 3-0 defeat to Barca


Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he told his players after their 3-0 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday.

Klopp said he told the players how proud he was of them despite their demoralising Champions League semi final first leg defeat to Barcelona.

The Reds face an uphill task in next Tuesday’s return leg at Anfield.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the first half before Lionel Messi struck a double time inside the final 15 minutes, in a game where Liverpool dominated for long periods.

Klopp admitted he couldn’t have asked for more from his players.

“What did I say to them after the game? I said that I am really proud of them, that I liked a lot of things about the game,” said the Reds boss in a post match press conference.

“I don’t have to think about the next game against Barcelona yet, we have Newcastle and that will have all of our focus. We will go to the hotel, have a proper sleep, get up in the morning and fly home.

“Whatever happens, these boys, I couldn’t be more proud of them. People who haven’t seen the game will see the result and say strange things about it, but they always strike back in these kind of games.

“How brave they are, I just like it. And in the end it is still 3-0, it will not change. So let’s fly home and play Newcastle.”

The German gaffer was adamant that the quality of his side performance was better than anything they had produced in the Champions League during his tenure.

“No one will be interested but a few football nerds because it is about the result and we lost 3-0 but I can work really good with this game,” said Klopp.

“I will use it forever to show the boys what is possible. It was a brave performance, very passionate, very lively.

“In a lot of moments creative, in a lot of moments direct, everyone was on their toes, I liked the game but it doesn’t really help.”