Klopp gets real about chances of comeback at empty Anfield

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 8 Apr 2021

Jurgen Klopp says it will be tough for Liverpool to turn around their Champions League fortunes against Real Madrid at an empty Anfield despite their reputation as "comeback kings."

A 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their quarter-final in Spain has given the English Premier League champions a mountain to climb if they are to reach the last four.

Goals from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio gave the home side a 2-0 lead before Mohamed Salah pulled one back but Vinicius found the net again to put Real firmly in the driving seat.

Liverpool famously overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona in the 2019 semi-final, winning 4-0 at a frenzied Anfield on their way to being crowned European champions for a sixth time.

Next week they must do something similar, but manage it behind closed doors due to coronavirus regulations.

"Of course, it is completely different," said Klopp, who pointed out that against Barcelona "80 percent ... was the atmosphere in the stadium, so yes, we have to do it [against Real] without that."

Conceding the importance of Anfield fans to Liverpool campaigns, Klopp added: "We don't have that this time so I don't know if we can do it, but ... we will give it a proper try."

The other factor counting against the Reds is their shocking recent home form, which has torpedoed their Premier League title defense. Liverpool have not won at Anfield since mid-December.

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