Klopp: ‘We deserved something more in the final and we will be back in the competition’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his side deserved something more when they lost in the Champions League final on Saturday after dominating the game against Real Madrid, but vowed to return to the competition for the elite title on the continent.

Real Madrid bolstered their record in the competition by crowning the 14th title with a 1-0 win over Liverpool after Vinicius Junior scored an hour before the match in the Spanish champions’ only attempt on goal.

This is Real’s fourth Champions League title in seven years and they improved on their impressive record in the competition by claiming their eighth victory in eight final appearances.

“We shot more on goal, but the most decisive stats are for Real Madrid. They scored a goal and we didn’t, and that’s the simplest explanation in the world of football. It’s harsh and cruel,” Klopp told a press conference.

“When the goalkeeper (Thibaut Courtois) is the best player in the game, it means the other team made a mistake.

“We could have played better and they could have done it, but they didn’t. The stats are equal, but far from the goal, they didn’t shoot in the goal.”

Courtois saved a series of dangerous chances with a fine performance that saved Real Madrid’s lead in the 59th minute, as Liverpool fired 23 balls on goal against Real’s three attempts.

“We see we did a lot of good things but it wasn’t enough,” said Klopp, who led Liverpool to the Champions League final three times and won the title once in 2019.

Liverpool, who aspired a few weeks ago to achieve a historic quartet, ended the season winning two domestic cups but lost the Premier League and the Champions League.

The German coach continued: “Real Madrid hit a ball on goal and it was a goal. We played a good game but lost. I told the boys in the dressing room that I was really proud.

“These guys had a great season and we couldn’t win two competitions with as little gap as possible.”

Liverpool lost the Premier League title one point behind champions Manchester City.

“The players will realize how special they have been (this season), that’s of course another kind of success, not the success you want, but I have a strong feeling that we will be back,” Klopp said.

“Obviously we should try harder than the others, but no problem. Where will the final take place next year? Istanbul. Book the hotel.”

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