Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson admitted that his team-mates “couldn’t really get close” to Real Madrid in the final stages of their Champions League tie.
Jurgen Klopp’s side face a huge task next Wednesday to overcome Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg defeat. Los Blancos ran out 3-1 winners, in part due to mistakes from Liverpool. Indeed, Trent Alexander-Arnold and defenders Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips had shaky moments.
However, Madrid’s midfield also played a significant part in dominating the game.
Toni Kroos’ fantastic pass set up Vinicius Junior for his first goal and forced Alexander-Arnold into a risky header which allowed Marco Asensio to make it 2-0.
Later on in the game, though, Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Federico Valverde steadied the ship.
Modric, in fact, produced a crucial midfield tackle to stop Sadio Mane counter-attacking in second-half stoppage time.
Speaking to Sony Sports, Robertson opened up on his side’s troubling defeat.
“We didn’t start great, we gave away too many cheap balls, we went quiet in the game,” the Scotland international said.
“It took us a wee while to get going, which at this level we can’t do. In the first half we got punished for it.
“The goals were cheap from our point of view and then you find yourself 2-0 down.”
But Vinicius later made it 3-1 before Madrid’s midfield controlled proceedings.
Robertson admits Madrid too good for Liverpool
“We got the goal through Mo and like you said, 2-1 you’re right in the tie and right in the game. It’s just disappointing the lose the next one,” Robertson added.
“Then the last 10-15 minutes we couldn’t really get close to them. They were really good at keeping the ball and killing the game.
“They’ve got so many experienced players like Modric and they can do that so easily.
“Unfortunately we just couldn’t get near the ball to get any more chances going up the other end.”
Liverpool must pick themselves up on Saturday when they welcome Aston Villa to Anfield in Premier League action.