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"Liverpool deserved to go through!"

Julian Nagelsmann, Péter Gulácsi, Emil Forsberg and Lukas Klostermann give their analysis of Wednesday night's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Julian Nagelsmann:

  • "Liverpool were the better team today and deserved to go through. We didn't have enough fight to score the goals we needed. At the start we took too long to get used to Liverpool's game, because they were putting less pressure on us today. So we were caught on our heels too often and couldn't create anything to get excited about up front. We went about things a little too light-heartedly and made some basic errors. Our build-up play was a bit too lethargic and we didn't manage to get ourselves fired up. It's in moments like these where you really notice the absence of fans, who would have pushed the team forward. 
     
    From the 25-minute mark we were a lot better and we attacked with more courage, albeit without creating any big chances. We were still lacking that punch in the final third. The game continued in a similar fashion after the break. The first goal actually came from a less dangerous situation, we just didn't defend it properly. At 2-0 the game was over. The two goals also showed the individual quality within Liverpool's team. What Salah and Mané do up there really is special. It was noticeable that we had a little too much respect for Liverpool on the counter. 

    But my lads are only human - we weren't able to go to our limits today which is why Liverpool deserved to go through. We have to accept that. We'll let it sink in and allow ourselves to be sad for a few hours as well."

Péter Gulácsi:

  • "We knew it would be important to score the first goal and we weren't able to do that. We game close in the second half with a few half-chances and when Alexander Sorloth hit the bar with a header.

    There was more and more space with Liverpool exploited perfectly. Their counterattack game is surely one of the best in Europe."

Emil Forsberg:

  • "You need to take the lead early in a game like this in order to increase the pressure. We weren't able to do that and the game swung further and further in Liverpool's favour.

    They turn defence into attack perfectly and that's how they scored their two goals. We tried, but it didn't work out for us today.

    The result hurts, and that's okay, but I'm still proud of the team for getting through a tough group. We need to learn from this experience and look to the future - we've still got important games left in the DFB-Pokal and in the Bundesliga ahead of us."

Lukas Klostermann:

  • "We didn't manage to do everything that we set out to. In the second half we were getting closer to scoring - Liverpool's goals came at a bad time. Even though not everything worked out for us today we still had our opportunities. We need to chalk that game off now, even if it hurts. Then we'll look ahead to the tasks at hand." 

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