Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp lost his cool with a reporter following Liverpool’s devastating 5-2 defeat to Real Madrid at Anfield in the Champions League Round 16 clash last night.
Klopp’s men had a dream start to the first leg of their matchup with Madrid, going 2-0 up in less than 15 minutes courtesy of Darwin Núñez and Mohamed Salah. The second goal (Salah) was a gift from Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who produced a disastrous touch to gift the Egyptian national the ball directly infront of the goal.
Their joy didn’t last long, however, with Vinícius Júnior netting one back for the Spanish giants less than 10 minutes after Salah had scored Liverpool’s second goal.
Real Madrid only ramped it up from there, with the scores being levelled at 36 minutes in via yet another Vinícius Júnior finish following a howler from Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson, seemingly inspired by Courtois‘ earlier cock-up.
The match went into half time at 2-2, but Madrid were far from over. It took just 2 minutes into the second half for Éder Militiäo to put them ahead. Luka Modric zipped a free-kick from the keeper’s right flank of the penalty area directly in the path of Militäo who fired a well-placed header past Alisson to finish.
It would take just another 8 minutes before Karim Benzema produced the first of his own brace of goals, the second of which came only a further 12 minutes after the first to leave Liverpool reeling at 5-2 down.
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In a post match interview, Jurgen Klopp seemed irritated by a reporter asking him questions about Real Madrid, rather than his own squad.
When asked whether he thought that Vinïcius Júnior was now to be considered as one of the best attackers in the world, the German coach reportedly gave a blunt reply. He became further agitated when asked whether he would give Luka Modric a new deal if he was in Carlo Ancelotti’s shoes.
Klopp snapped “Oh God. You obviously are not too much interested in my problems, so this is not one of my problems. Yeah, fantastic player and I’m pretty sure Carlo and Real Madrid will do the right thing for the right player”
The offending journalist was then cut off by Klopp, who chimed in with “Please ask me more questions about Real Madrid players” as the interviewer tried to ask his next question.
You may not be able to blame the Liverpool boss for being peeved following the result at Anfield last night – he and his squad now face the mammoth challenge of overcoming a 3-goal deficit away at the Santiago Bernabéu!