Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the club cannot afford any more defensive errors when they take on Real Madrid in the return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Liverpool suffered a 3-1 loss in Spain and have a huge hill to climb on Wednesday when they host Madrid in the second leg. Klopp is positive his side can mount another memorable Champions League comeback but says they will have to create their own atmosphere at Anfield since no supporters in the stadium.
Speaking to reporters, Klopp said, "When you are 3-1 down it looks like we are already out - it means we have not a lot to lose. The result showed they were better than us but it's only the first half."
"Football is football, anything is possible. We speak about results but for me, the performance is much more important. We have to play like ourselves."
"It's important to defend at your highest level with the ability Madrid have... Real beat Barcelona (in La Liga) after us so obviously they are in a good moment."
Los Blancos have been hit with a number of injuries more than any other team in LaLiga this season. Captain Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, winger Lucas Vazquez and forward Eden Hazard are sidelined due to injuries.
However, Klopp says the injuries will not stop Madrid's motivation ahead of the return leg.
"Real didn't win the competition so often with Zidane because they're not experienced. They have had an intense season and injuries, we are the same," Klopp said.
"The decisive part of the season is now and I'm 100% sure Real will be 100% ready, not how they felt straight after the Barca game."
"It's a difference to watch Real and play them. The individual quality of the players is really high if they want something desperately, as was the case (in the first leg)."
Whoever progresses to the semi-finals will face either Chelsea or FC Porto.
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