Imagine a story in which you did all the hard work but didn’t have the last laugh. Liverpool, who did all the hard work in the 2nd leg of UEFA Champions League quarter-finals but it was Real Madrid, who had the last laugh as it finished 0-0 at Anfield. The La Liga champions knocked out the Premier League champions on an aggregate of 3 goals to 1 over the two legs to qualify for the semi-finals.
It was one of those nights for the Reds where they created a lot of chances but failed to convert. There can be no questioning on the desire and commitment of Liverpool in the 2nd leg. The Egyptian Mohamed Salah had the best chance of the game within the initial minutes of the match but failed to finish against the run of play.
Liverpool, who dominated the game keeping 53% of the possession in the match, had 16 shots on goal but were unable to find the net. The job was to score 2 and concede 0, they did the later part but failed to do the former.
It was one of those ties in the Champions League where the game was decided in the First leg eventually and Liverpool ended on the losing side of the pitch as they were inadequate to recover from their 3-1 defeat in the Spanish capital.
Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid Post Match Reaction:
After the match Jurgen Klopp said
“We didn’t lose the tie tonight, we lost the game obviously in Madrid. With the experience of Real Madrid, we have to chase the game and then they could counter. And obviously, as we saw tonight, we had chances, We are not silly, we want what we earn. If we don’t earn it, we don’t get it.”
Jurgen Klopp when asked about what next for the Reds said :
“We now have to focus on the Premier League, but not only because we want to play (champions league next season). I think we are not in a bad moment, played really well. Good game v Arsenal, Villa and tonight.”
Reflecting on qualifying for the Semi finals Zinedine Zidane said
“We knew we were going to suffer and we were expecting Liverpool to start strongly in the first 15 minutes. That’s normal. It’s the quarter-finals of the Champions League. In the end, we’re through and we’re very happy. We’re all united and the team always turns up and wants more.”
Casemiro: He was the man of the match. It was another world-class performance from the Brazilian as he helped his side in every part of the pitch in not only keeping a clean sheet but also passing the ball in right legs when they had the opportunity to counter-attack.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: The hometown boy was energetic and looked lively throughout the game regardless of the criticism he got from the first leg. He was no doubt the best player on the field for Liverpool. Made Real Madrid think twice when he displayed his attacking side and put some excellent crosses in the box. He was sound in the defensive aspects of the game as well.