As a dejected Jurgen Klopp walked purposefully towards the Liverpool FC fans high up in the stands of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium at the end of a 1-0 defeat the contrast to how the two-legged tie against Real Madrid couldn’t have been starker.
Three weeks earlier Anfield roared as the Reds raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Darwin Nunez and then Mohamed Salah.
The momentum felt unstoppable and conjured memories of past Champions League routs of Manchester City and Barcelona which had secured progress in previous years.
But inexplicably the team imploded.
The two-goal lead was surrendered before half-time and three goals shipped after that effectively putting the tie to bed.
“It put us then under more pressure. If we could have three points then everybody really could have felt, or smelled, our breath. But [instead] there is a distance again because other
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