Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he told his Liverpool players in the dressing room after they lost 3-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Former Reds striker Luis Suarez scored in the first half before, in the final 15 minutes, Lionel Messi came to the fore with a tap-in and a brilliant free kick.
Roberto Firmino had a shot cleared off the line and Mohamed Salah hit the follow-up against the post as Liverpool’s quest for a much-needed away goal fell flat.
They face a monumental task to turn things around in next week’s second leg at Anfield, especially knowing that, without an away goal, if they concede again they will almost certainly be out.
When asked what he told the players in the dressing room after the game, 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.
“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.”