Jurgen Klopp, the Manager of Liverpool Football Club, has defended his side’s mental strength, despite crumbling under the pressure of an inspired second-half Sevilla comeback to throw away a three-goal lead on Tuesday.
With the match ending in a 3 – 3 draw, Liverpool still remains at the top of Champions’ League Group E. However, in order to book a place in the last 16, the English side still requires a point when it hosts Spartak Moscow on 6th December.
Klopp blamed Liverpool’s lack of Champions’ League experience for the way the Club ended up wasting a 3-goal lead to eventually play a draw.
“It just happened. In this atmosphere, we need to get more and more experience. Could we have done better? 100 percent. But do I think it is a mentality problem? 100 percent not.
“Maybe it was misjudgement in controlling the game. You cannot become passive in a game like this because the second half is too long.
“It is not the first time it has happened in football. It will not be the last time. We already did similar things at home using our crowd and atmosphere.
“Sevilla had to show character. If this is Anfield and we are 3 – 0 up, it is different. But it was here and we let them come back in the game, and that is our main mistake.”
Speaking about the match, Sevilla boss, Eduardo Berizza, had this to say:
“It was an incredible, memorable match. We managed to transform all pessimism into optimism, and appeal to the heart and soul of the Team.”