LONDON – Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said on Friday his side is completely concentrating on the upcoming Premier League game against Newcastle, as they turned the page on their 3-0 UEFA Champions League semifinal first-leg defeat by Barcelona.
“We are not the most experienced in Europe, but we have our own experiences in Europe and we never stay too long on the last game, saying, ‘We could have done this or that better’, we do not have time for it,” the German coach said during a press conference ahead of Saturday’s match against Newcastle.
“In the moment you cannot take a lot from the result, but we have to try to sort that on Tuesday, and not now. When we flew home it was all OK, the boys were already (focused) on the Newcastle game 100 percent,” he added, according to the club’s website.
Liverpool must win over Newcastle in order to keep their Premier League title hopes alive, as they are trailing leader Manchester City by a point.
After the clash with Newcastle, Klopp’s side will direct its efforts to overturn Wednesday’s defeat and win over Barcelona in the second leg match at the Anfield on Tuesday.
“We did not have to pick up players in Barcelona and give them a hug. That is in us, we knew it. It does not happen too often, honestly, that I lose 3-0 and have much more positive thoughts about the game than negative, but it was in this game,” he concluded.