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Saturday 17 November 2018

Klopp blames size of squad on Liverpool's Euro final loss to Real

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: REUTERS
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: REUTERS

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given his insight as to why the Reds lost the Champins League final to Real Madrid in Kiev.

The latest edition of the magazine France Football focuses in on the German boss and to his thoughts on the Champion's League final last May.

Liverpool were defeated 3-1 in the match with Mohamed Salah injured early on after a Sergio Ramos challenge and Loris Karius making a string of calamitous errors leading to the Reds conceding two goals.

However when Klopp sat down to give his reasons as to why Los Blancos were victorious he said it was down to Liverpool's squad size.

He said: "We had a fantastic season last year, although the result of the Champions League final was not what we were hoping for.

"Nobody was waiting for us there, even though, as the season progressed, we thought that the final was a possible goal.

"Everyone knows that Mo Salah's injury has changed things. But not only that. We are not going to rewrite the story, but we played the last two months of last season with 12 valid players.

"We had to fight with Chelsea until the end (for a top four finish)."

This should not be a problem for Liverpool this season after several top players arrived at Anfield, including Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.

On France winning the World Cup, Klopp added: "France had the right players and the right tactics. Didier Deschamps could have done quite something else with this team.

"Let them play, run, excite the whole planet to show how beautiful French football was. But he showed great maturity. He calmed and disciplined everyone, even making the games sometimes a bit boring.

"The job of a manager is to use the qualities of his team in the best way."

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