April 19, 2021

Football News 247

Get All the Latest Football News On the Hour 247

‘Game over’ – Rio writes off Liverpool in Champions League

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has called off Liverpool ahead of their Champions League second leg against Real Madrid.

The Reds lost 3-1 to Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday and have everything to do at Anfield in the second leg next week.

Liverpool lost 2-0 after 36 minutes after goals from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio and despite Mohamed Salah halving the deficit early in the second half, Vinicius struck again to restore the two-goal lead from hosts.

MAILBOX: Alexander-Arnold isn’t that bad. But never has it been so good …

Jurgen Klopp’s side overcame a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona when they won the trophy in 2019, but Ferdinand rejected his chances of a comeback this time around.

BT Sport conducted a fan survey to find out who they think will progress and Gary Lineker said: “Let’s take a look at last night’s game poll and who people think they will move on.

“As you can imagine, Real Madrid are in great shape: 74% is three out of four people and almost two thirds for Man City.”

Ferdinand replied, “I’m doing this pretty much right, I agree, totally. End of the game for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp admitted his side didn’t deserve to win the game in Madrid, before taking a weird blow to the referee.

“First and foremost, I don’t think we deserved to win tonight, we didn’t play well enough and that’s my first concern,” said Klopp.

“Especially in the first half, we didn’t play football well enough. We conceded the first goal, served the second on a plate (after the Trent Alexander-Arnold mistake), but that wasn’t the real problem of the game.

“Of course conceding goals is a problem, but it’s not the problem. The second half we did better, we scored our goal which is the positive of the evening and that’s how it is.

“Did we deserve more than the 3-1?” I am not sure.”

Klopp was perplexed as to why Mane didn’t receive a free kick and Vazquez a red card for a challenge at the end of the first half.

“The situation with Sadio, what the referee did tonight, I have to say I don’t understand,” he added.

“For me it was something personal because he handled the situation with Sadio, which was a clear fault, like he was a diver or whatever.

“From that point on, every time Sadio fell, he got nothing. It’s not correct. That’s what I told him after the game, that I thought he was unfair to Sadio.

“It doesn’t change anything at all. He (Brych) didn’t lose the game. We weren’t good enough to get a better result, but in those times you just need an “OK” benchmark. It would have been enough.