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Jurgen Klopp reveals what he told Liverpool stars after Barcelona defeat in Champions League

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he told his players after the Barcelona defeat (Picture: Getty) Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he told his Liverpool players after the damaging Champions League defeat to Barcelona. The Reds were beaten 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night as Barcelona took a major step to reaching the Champions League final. Former Liverpool star Luis Suarez fired the home side ahead before Lionel Messi scored two goals in seven minutes to give Barca control of the tie. Messi’s second – a superb free-kick – was his 600th Barcelona goal. The return leg takes place next Tuesday at Liverpool. Asked what he told his players in the dressing room after the defeat, Klopp said: ‘I said I am really proud of them, that I really liked the game. ‘They don’t have to think about the next game against Barcelona, now we play Newcastle. That’s all our focus. ‘We go to the hotel, have a proper sleep, get up in the morning, fly home and then prepare for Newcastle. ‘Whatever happens, these boys, I couldn’t be more proud of them. I know the result and people who didn’t see the game will say strange things, we accept that easily. Barcelona have one foot in the Champions League final (Picture: Getty) ‘It’s just how they always strike back in these kind of games, how brave they are in these moments. I just like it. ‘At the end it’s still a 3-0 – however I think about the game – and it does not change. But it’s OK. Let’s fly home and play Newcastle.’ Klopp also heaped praise on ‘unstoppable’ Messi, whose two late goals appear to have condemned Liverpool to a European exit. ‘In these moments he’s unstoppable,’ the Reds boss added. ‘You cannot defend the free-kick – what a strike. Lionel Messi scored a brace in the 3-0 win (Picture: Getty) ‘He’s a world-class player. The second goal for 2-0 was probably not the nicest goal in his career but it shows his skills that he is even there. ‘Apart from that, I was happy with how we handled the whole Barca team and Lionel involved. I’m a big admirer of him, how probably everybody is. ‘But my boys tonight didn’t show too much respect, they were really there and they tried completely legal things, we didn’t treat him harshly or whatever to try to get him out of the game. ‘We just played football and I like that. I knew before Lionel Messi was a world-class player and now I saw it again I’m not too surprised.’ ...

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Published By: Metro - Wednesday, 1 May







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