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The good news for Liverpool is there’s a second leg, says Jurgen Klopp

Mohamed Salah's strike shortly after the interval briefly made it a contest against Real Madrid, with an away goal certainly a significant consolation for Liverpool to take into the second leg at Anfield.

2021-04-07 07:57:00 AM

Mohamed Salah's strike shortly after the interval briefly made it a contest against realmadrid, with an away goal certainly a significant consolation for LFC to take into the second leg at Anfield. RMALIV ChampionsLeague IOLsport

Mohamed Salah's strike shortly after the interval briefly made it a contest against Real Madrid, with an away goal certainly a significant consolation for Liverpool to take into the second leg at Anfield.

Before then, they go up against Barcelona on Saturday and this result, their fifth consecutive victory, should be another huge boost to morale going into what will be a crucial fixture in La Liga's title race."Nothing is close, nothing is won," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said."We are alive in two competitions and we will keep fighting. We will start the second leg like it's 0-0 because it will be another very difficult game."

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Madrid were without Sergio Ramos, who throughout was bellowing at his team from the stands, while Raphael Varane testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning meant both sides were fielding patched-up back fours.The last time these two clubs met, Ramos dislocated Salah's shoulder and Madrid went on to win their 13th European Cup but Klopp insisted there was no desire for revenge in the minds of his players.

They could have done with some extra fire because Madrid were superior in the first half, more controlled in possession and more aggressive out of it. Liverpool seemed caught between trying to match Madrid's intensity and slowing the game down to gain a foothold. headtopics.com

Kroos runs the showIn the end they did neither, as the openings came early. Luka Modric wanted a penalty afer being clipped just outside the box and Trent Alexander-Arnold was beaten too easily by Ferland Mendy, whose cross was headed just wide by Vinicius.

The excellent Toni Kroos was given space at the base of midfield to dictate the tempo and it was a pair of arrowed balls forward from the German that put Madrid in charge.The first he fired between Alexander-Arnold and Nat Phillips for the scampering Vinicius, who did brilliantly to chest the ball beyond his opponents and shoot low into the Liverpool net.

Seven minutes later, Kroos did it again, this time with the aid of a badly misguided Alexander-Arnold header, locating Asensio, who lifted over Alisson Becker to leave himself with an open net.A full stadium would have sent a surge of momentum through Madrid but there was still a simmering buzz, as their substitutes were cheering louder and the players pressed quicker and passed harder.

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