Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remained upbeat despite his side’s penalty shoot-out loss to Atletico Madrid – as the Reds finished their week-long stay in Germany.
On a whole, Liverpool’s time in Klopp’s home nation has been one full of positives. The 3-0 defeat on Tuesday of German champions, Bayern Munich, was without a doubt the crème de la crème, though.
Sadly, Klopp’s men seemed to run out of gas in the final, but were certainly not embarrassed by the La Liga side.
Keidi Bare’s first half goal gave Atletico the advantage, but in the final stages of the game Roberto Firmino converted a penalty to send the game to a shoot-out.
The usually reliable Jordan Henderson was the only player to miss a spot kick for Liverpool, which meant former Chelsea man Filipe Luis could step up to dispatch the winning penalty.
“If you get to a penalty shootout you want to win it but that wasn’t an important situation,” Klopp said.
“The boys played very well. They were very good with their preparation. They couldn’t have had a more difficult job against a team like Atletico Madrid who just get results and results.
“We had a lot of subs and were a bit tired after all the training. It wasn’t easy.
“In the first half we had a few nice moments and a few nice crosses – it was really tight.
“When we conceded we didn’t quite see what happened, but we didn’t react straight away and the formation wasn’t 100%. One lost challenge with the header shouldn’t mean that you go behind.
“In the second half we played much better but the situation continued to be very difficult.
“We needed that penalty. We got to the shootout, we lost it but I’m not down and out about it.”
Klopp praised the facilities on offer during their stay, and also had plenty of admiration for the effort his players had put in, too.
“We have trained really hard and the boys have been great about that,” Klopp added.
“They have done everything I expected from them. It’s been a very intensive programme so I am very happy with that.
“We need to get the freshness which we didn’t have today. We were very tired.
“We still have one and a half weeks before the first game. This is how we imagined it would go. I am satisfied with this.
“We want to be as good as possible this season. We want to be better than last season which won’t be easy. We don’t set any limits.
“We want to make life as difficult as possible for our opponents.
“We had 20 chances so you have to do something out of that but Atletico are a very strong team. This was a real experience for our players.
“It’s a perverse situation when you bring players into a game they shouldn’t be playing but a lot of things worked really well.
“I am really happy we still have one and a half weeks and we don’t have to play again tomorrow.”