Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui makes claim about Liverpool's thrashing against Real Madrid last week
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Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui makes claim about Liverpool's thrashing against Real Madrid last week

Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui has claimed that Liverpool ‘deserved more’ from their game against Real Madrid last week.

The Reds were thrashed 5-2 at Anfield as Los Blancos put their Champions League tie pretty much out of reach. It wasn’t all one way traffic though, with Liverpool missing a couple of decent chances to score more.

And speaking via Football Daily ahead of facing the Reds tomorrow, Lopetegui insisted that Liverpool were a little unlucky.

“I think they play in the same way at home but the difficulty of Anfield is that it’s a stadium where they push a lot,” said the Spanish coach.

“I have seen the last match against Real Madrid. I think they made a fantastic first-half in my opinion, they deserved a lot more but this is football. Tomorrow I’m sure we’ll find a a good team, a good environment and we have to be ready.”

Liverpool still showing shoots of recovery

It has been a little bit lost in the analysis of a chastening night at Anfield last week, but Lopetegui is right here.

Liverpool did deserve a little more for their first-half showing. That they didn’t get anything is credit to Madrid and a consequence of their own sloppiness. But it doesn’t change the fact that they could and probably should have scored more.

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Mohamed Salah had an excellent chance with the score at 1-0, but dragged his shot hopelessly past the post.

Later on, with another goal now added, a scramble in the box could easily have resulted in a third goal for Liverpool.

Of course, the game is 90 minutes and you’d back Madrid to hang on in it no matter the score. But had they had more of a cushion, it’s hard to see Liverpool going to sleep like they did during the second-half.

With a shut-out following against Crystal Palace on Saturday, hopefully Liverpool have repaired their confidence a touch. There were positives to take despite the heavy defeat against the Spaniards. Lopetegui saw them, now let’s amplify them against his team tomorrow.

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