Although Jurgen Klopp feels his optimism in overcoming a three-goal deficit against Real Madrid will return, he is aware that considerable changes will be required after Tuesday’s 5-2 loss at Anfield.
Liverpool must work extremely hard to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League this year after suffering their worst home defeat in Europe.
On March 15, Klopp remarked of the second leg against the holders in Madrid, “We will go there and play a football game.
“It will be a massive challenge. We have to make sure we learn from this game.”
Jordan Henderson, the captain of Liverpool, criticised costly errors made by his team against Carlo Ancelotti’s squad during the course of the game.
“We made too many mistakes around the goals,” he added. “When you make too many mistakes, teams like Madrid punish you.”
Liverpool has found a way to recover from circumstances where the odds are stacked against them in the past.
They notably fought back from a 3-0 first-leg deficit to defeat AC Milan and win the Champions League in 2005, and they did the same four years later to defeat Lionel Messi’s Barcelona 4-0 and go to the Champions League final.
The current Liverpool team, however, has appeared to be a different one this year.
They have won just three of their 10 games thus far in 2023, placing them eighth in the Premier League and out of the two domestic cup competitions.