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Klopp says Liverpool will return after final defeat to Real Madrid

10 Jun 2022 | 08:44 | Football


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Soccer Football – Champions League Final – Liverpool vs Real Madrid – Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France – May 28, 2022 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp acknowledges fans as he gathers his runner-up medal after the REUTERS / Lee Smith match

PARIS – Liverpool deserve more from their Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on Saturday after dominating the game but they will be back to challenge once again for the title of Europe’s elite club, Coach Jurgen Klopp said.

Real won a record-long 14th European Cup with a 1-0 win over Liverpool after Vinicius Junior scored just before an hour with the Spanish champions’ only effort on target.

It was Real’s fourth Champions League title in seven years as they improved on their impressive record in the competition with their eighth win in as many finals.

“We had more shots on target but the most decisive indicator was in the direction of Madrid,” Klopp told a press conference. “They scored a goal and we didn’t. That’s the easiest interpretation in the world of football. Hard and harsh.

“When the goalkeeper (Thibaut Corutois) was in the match, the other team made an error.

“We could have played better football and they could have but they didn’t. The stats are 50-50 but, off target, they don’t have a shot on target.”

Courtois made a string of excellent saves to keep Real ahead in the 59th minute, while Liverpool had 23 goals against Real’s three goals.

Klopp, who led Liverpool to three Champions League finals and one win in 2019, said: “We see that we’ve done a lot of good but it’s still not enough.

The Merseyside club, who a few weeks ago was aiming for a treble, finished the season with both domestic cups but missed out on the Premier League and Champions League.

“Madrid had a shot on target and it was a goal,” said the German coach. “We played a good game but when you lose 1-0 it is not good enough. I told the boys in the dressing room that I felt proud.

“These boys have played an excellent season and two tournaments that we couldn’t win, we didn’t win by the smallest margin possible.”

Liverpool have missed out on the Premier League after being one point behind champions Manchester City.

“The boys will realize how special they made (this season),” he added.

“Obviously it’s a different kind of success, not the kind of success you want, but I have a strong feeling we’ll come again.

“The boys are really competitive, we have an excellent group together, we will have an excellent group together again and then we go again.

“Obviously we have to try a little more often than everyone else, but that’s okay. Where is it next year? Istanbul. Book a hotel! ”

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