Andy Robertson said he and his Liverpool team-mates were “devastated” by their Defeat in the Champions League final against Real Madridas Winner of Vinicius condemned the Reds to a heartbreaking loss in Paris. The Brazilian winger’s 59th-minute goal is assured Madrid repeated their 2018 final win over Liverpool earn their 14th european crownwhile only Juventus (five) have now lost more Champions League finals than the Reds (three).
Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp has now lost more finals in the competition than any other manager (three), and despite his victory EFL Carabao Cup and FA Cup after the penalty shootout, Liverpool failed to score a single goal in five and a half hours of football in major finals this season.
With a slim but potential chance of completing the quadruple after embarking on a brilliant four-pronged trophy hunt this season, Liverpool only have domestic cups to show their efforts after also missing out on the Premier League title for Manchester City. Talk to BT Sports after the game, Robertson say it liverpool The locker room was a dark place after the tight setback, admitting his side hadn’t reached their highest level at the Stade de France. The Scottish international also hailed the Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after putting in a remarkable performance to ward off the likes of Mohammad Salah and Sadio Mane.
“Obviously it’s calm, devastated – that’s what happens when you come to the final and you don’t win,” Robertson said of the atmosphere in the ranks of Liverpool. “We had chances, we came up against an amazing goalkeeper tonight, he had some amazing saves. But if we are also honest, I think we could have played a bit better, especially in the second half. I think in the first half we played well, we were in control, we were the ones pushing. In the second half, we didn’t start well, they started to control the match a little more. When you come up against an experienced team, they know how to win finals. Once they put their nose in front, they showed it.
Liverpool dominated for long periods in the French capital, with 24 shots during the match. This tally is the maximum a team has accumulated without scoring in a Champions League final since records began (in 2003-04), and liverpool were punished for their failure to break the deadlock when Vinicius returns home Fede Valverdeis pulled-crossed.
Robertson was left on the streets Madrid excellence in counterattack but praised the Spanish champions for their ability to defend their lead. “We are a pressing team, we try to press forward, and that has worked so much for us this season,” he added. “We were trying to get the ball high, and obviously they ended up breaking, then we were caught at the far post, and the next minute it’s in the back of your net. It’s football for you, and you have to deal with it. Obviously it’s hard to get back into the game when you face a very experienced team in these finals, they know exactly how to run a game. We had our chances, but it just wasn’t meant to be.