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‘We feel really bad’: Liverpool relies on the Champions League to rescue the season | Football

PAmerican football has produced another absurdity with Liverpool and Leipzig traveling for the second time in three weeks to Hungary, a country with a higher coronavirus infection rate than the UK or Germany, for a two-game Champions League tie. disputed entirely in Budapest that could be decided the goals away.

“I don’t get it 100%,” Jürgen Klopp said, echoing the thoughts of many. “But I think if you compare the incidents in Leipzig, Liverpool and Budapest, then there is a city that you shouldn’t play in, if you really consider these kinds of numbers, and that is not Leipzig or Liverpool. But we see that everything is prepared there as the last time. It’s completely fine and people are happy to host these games. I have no problem playing two games. If it’s good for UEFA, then we have to save the competition. “

Liverpool must also save their turbulent season. UEFA’s flagship club competition is the best salvation available but, having fallen seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, another win in Istanbul in May appears to be the only path to next season’s Champions League for the champions. of the Premier League. That would look like another miracle in the current form. Liverpool took a 2-0 away lead in Wednesday’s round of 16 second leg against Julian Nagelsmann’s side and it was worth the lead when the two teams last met at the Puskas Arena. His home run, however, provides no security regardless of whether his home is Anfield or Budapest for just one night.

Georginio Wijnaldum was blunt in his assessment of Liverpool’s unprecedented collapse. “Really shocking,” was how he described the six-game losing streak at Anfield. “I don’t think losing a game is shocking, but rather the way we lost games. We all believe that the way we are losing him was too early and we could do better, even in this situation we are now with injuries. That is the most frustrating thing about the situation we find ourselves in now. We all believe that we can do better than we did.

“We feel really bad. The way we handled situations during games was really bad. When we look at the games, it makes me even angrier because we can see that we may be doing much better than we are doing right now. Of course, we have had difficult situations with injuries and things like that, but the situations that we have faced in the games in which we have conceded goals have not had anything to do with injuries ”.

Mo Salah scores Liverpool's first goal in the first leg against RB Leipzig

Mo Salah scores the first goal in the first leg against RB Leipzig to help Liverpool get into a solid position for Wednesday’s tie. Photograph: Laszlo Szirtesi / Getty Images

Self-confidence has waned along with Premier League results, the midfielder admitted, and players who have grown used to success with Klopp must adjust to a crisis, possibly for the first time in their Liverpool careers.

Wijnaldum added: “It hit us hard. Everyone can see it. There is confidence in the team and in the players and in others, but it is less than what we are used to due to the situations in which we find ourselves with injuries, the players catching Covid, the difficult times in the season and also the results they were not in our favor. For many of us as players, we are in a new situation at the moment. We were used to winning games and winning trophies and now it’s the opposite. Confidence is lower than in previous years, but that is because we are in a totally different situation ”.

The Champions League “can rescue this season,” according to the Dutch international, who remained evasive on the subject of his future with Liverpool with only three months left on his contract. “But many people would say that the season is only rescued if you win the Champions League and everyone knows how difficult it is,” he added. “Everyone who is in the Champions League has the opportunity to win it.”

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Klopp continues to believe in the ray of light of a seventh European win for Liverpool, even as skeptics increase in number. He explained: “Two reasons: the team – the moments we had on the field, the competition, the quality of the guys – and the football in general, as you will always have a chance in the next match and that should be enough for the most part. weather. time.

“We have to play the game that gives us the opportunity to go to the next round. I have no doubts about us for tomorrow, not that I know we will pass 100%, but I do know that we will give Leipzig a proper fight. That is all I need to know at this point. There is no guarantee for them or for us, but there are 95 minutes to get closer to the things you want ”.

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