Andy Robertson has claimed that Liverpool didn’t start the second-half as well as they could have done during the Champions League final.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, the Liverpool player admitted that his team weren’t at their best after the break in Paris.
“If we’re being honest I think we could’ve played a bit better especially in the second half,” said Robertson.
“I thought first half we played well, we were in control, we were the ones pushing. Second half we didn’t start great, they started getting a bit of a hold of the game a bit.
“When you come up against an experienced team like that, they know how to win finals and once they got their noses in front they showed that”
Liverpool left playing catch-up
There’s no denying that Liverpool were the more dominant side in Paris, By the same token though, it felt as though they were playing catch up for most of the game.
Despite a healthy start, and a couple of good saves brought out of Thibaut Courtois, Liverpool didn’t look as assured as usual.
There was a lethargy about their play which was understandable given that it was their 63rd game of a mammoth season.
Perhaps those games just caught up with Liverpool as they entered their last 45 minutes of the season. Real Madrid were able to rest players in the build up to the game, and maybe in the end that was the difference.
It wasn’t that Vinicius Junior’s goal sucked the life out of Liverpool, more that they simply never looked like scoring. There wasn’t anything especially wrong in the way they played, they just didn’t quite look their same, vibrant selves.
It’s true that they also came up against a goalkeeper with a personal point to prove and in inspired form.
With the stars aligning against them in Paris, it will be a long summer ahead for Jurgen Klopp and his players. They can still be proud of an excellent season, but it will be difficult to process a second Champions League final loss in four years.