Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp charges his aspect’s probabilities of knocking Real Madrid out of the Champions League at one per cent.
They arrived within the Spanish capital trailing 5-2 from the primary leg and whereas Klopp has upgraded his evaluation from three weeks in the past, when he mentioned Madrid had been already by way of, the chances haven’t swung a lot of their favour.
Liverpool wouldn’t have historical past on their aspect both as solely as soon as have they overhauled a three-goal first-leg European deficit – the well-known 4-0 Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona in 2019.
No group within the competitors’s historical past has ever misplaced the house leg of a knock-out tie by three targets and recovered, whereas solely 4 have ever overturned a three-goal first-leg deficit.
“What I said after the game on the night was Madrid, with the result, they are through to the next round,” mentioned Klopp. “But now we are three weeks later and we know there is a game to play. If there is only one per cent chance I would like to give it a try.
“As difficult as it is, that is probably possible. Not likely but possible and for that we are here and then we will see where it will lead us to.
“We respect the competition and the opponent too much to not be looking forward to this game tomorrow. It is a tough task, as we are not in a great situation.
“If I was on that side of the table these are the questions I’d be asking and I would say the same thing, ‘No chance for Liverpool’. So that means we are alone.”
Asked whether or not this was the hardest match he had ready for Klopp added: “Most difficult? I don’t know, it is difficult because we will probably not go through to the next leg.
“But in this room I think 100 per cent of the people think we have no chance and if I am the only one who thinks we have a little chance I am fine.
“We are the complete outsiders tomorrow, 100 per cent. Real Madrid are 3-0 up and that is not what you want for Christmas but it’s football and we will try to give it a go.”
Liverpool’s possibilities haven’t been helped by a scarcity in midfield, with 18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic going through a prolonged spell out resulting from a thigh damage and captain Jordan Henderson left at house resulting from sickness.
“A stress response in his adductor, which is absolutely bad,” mentioned Klopp on Bajcetic.
“He doesn’t feel a lot but he is now out for I don’t know exactly how long. We have to let it settle and we will see when he can come back.”
Liverpool additionally don’t head into the sport with confidence after a morale-sapping defeat at Bournemouth every week after thrashing Manchester United 7-0.
But Klopp mentioned if their roller-coaster season continued in the identical sample they had been due one other uptick.
“I’m not sure this is the season where we have a better chance but if we can surprise ourselves in a negative way we should be able to surprise ourselves in a positive away as well,” he mentioned.
“If it is going to be up and down then tomorrow should be up again.
“We are not here warning Madrid ‘Be careful, we are coming’. But we are here to try to win the game and to win it we have to play extremely good.
“An OK game or a good game will not be enough. We will have to be on top of our game and that is what we will try.”