Liverpool could not have played second half at Barcelona better - Klopp
Liverpool could not have played the second half of their 3-0 defeat at Barcelona any better according to manager Jurgen Klopp, who said his side's trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League was now more important than the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.
The Reds went in 1-0 down at half-time at Camp Nou, where they were undone by a brilliantly crafted Luis Suarez goal.
The Uruguay international showed he has lost none of his poacher's instincts that once thrilled the Kop when he flicked Jordi Alba's cross beyond Alisson to give the Blaugrauna a 26th-minute lead, before Liverpool squandered several good chances to equalise.
They were punished after the interval, when Lionel Messi capitalised on a Suarez shot that rebounded off the crossbar to bundle home seven minutes before he sent a spectacular free-kick hurtling into the top corner from 30 yards.
Klopp told BT Sport: "Being one nil down is not a big problem usually and that's how we went in at half-time and analysed the first half and told the boys what they have to do better and what they have to do again.
"Going out then, the game, how we played it, I don't know if we can play it much better to be honest.
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A big second leg needed at Anfield.
"Football is like this. It's about scoring goals and they scored three and we scored none. But the performance was really good. The boys played a super game.
"Against a side like Barcelona a few moments are enough to give them the opportunity. That's football. You don't get grades, you just get a hard result and we have to take that."
Liverpool must avoid defeat at St James' Park on Saturday to ensure Manchester City cannot wrap up the Premier League title two days later, and Klopp said that game would take priority as the club look to stay in the hunt for a first league title in 29 years.
Reflecting on Messi's thunderbolt that left Liverpool with a mountain to climb at Anfield on Tuesday, Klopp said: "That ball was obviously un-saveable, so that's it. Let's recover and go to Newcastle.
"There's no party in the dressing room, that's true, but I told the boys my view of the game.
"The game is over and whatever I say will not change the result. That's what we have to accept.
"We made our life not easier with that result but we don't have to think about that game [the return leg].
"In three days we play against Newcastle and that's much more important."