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Jurgen Klopp reveals why he believes Liverpool lost last season’s Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp reveals why he believes Liverpool lost last season’s Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp has given an insight as to why he believes Liverpool lost out in last season’s Champions League final.

The Reds stormed their way to the final in record fashion last term, however fell at the final hurdle, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.

Liverpool were dealt a huge blow early in the first-half when star player Mohamed Salah went off injured following a collision with Sergio Ramos, and went behind just after the break as Karim Benzema capitalised on Loris Karius’ mistake.

Sadio Mane levelled just a few minutes later, however two goals from substitute Gareth Bale – the first of which was an astounding overhead kick – sealed victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Fingers were pointed at both Karius (who was again at fault for Bale’s second goal), and Salah’s injury following the defeat.

And while Klopp admits the latter was a big blow for his side on the night, it was the lack of depth in his squad that eventually saw them fall short in Kiev.

He said in France Football magazine: “We had a fantastic season last year, although the result of the Champions League final was not what we were hoping for.

“Nobody was waiting for us there, even though, as the season progressed, we thought that the final was a possible goal.

“Everyone knows that Mo Salah’s injury has changed things. But not only that. We are not going to rewrite the story, but we played the last two months of last season with twelve valid players.

“We had to fight with Chelsea until the end (for a top four finish).”

Liverpool made four new signings this summer in the form of Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri as they look to improve on last season’s achievements.