According to Liverpool stats against Real Madrid last night, Jurgen Klopp’s side should have easily won the Champions League.
Instead, Real Madrid beat the Reds 1-0 in Paris to deny the Premier League club a seventh European Cup win – and their second under their German coach.
Corresponding BBC SportLiverpool had 54 percent possession and 24 shots compared to the Spanish four giants – nine of which were on target.
Unfortunately for the Merseysiders, they encountered a Thibaut Courtois in the form of his life as the Belgian made a series of stunning saves at the Stade de France last night.
On another day Liverpool might have won comfortably – that was Michael Owen’s pre-game prediction – but when Klopp’s side had chances they were a bit wasted.
Like in the 80th minute, when Naby Keita – coming on for Thiago Alcantara, who was ready to play against Real – shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty area after a brilliant back pass from Roberto Firmino.
And Chris Sutton, speaking to BBC Radio 5 LiveHe said: “It was a terrible effort. He would have been better suited to walking left footed.”
Suton is right. The opportunity favored a natural left foot but this is a £52m player and despite being right footed he should have enough confidence with his weaker leg to go for it.
Of course, you can’t blame Keita for that as Liverpool had better chances, either missed or saved by the Real Madrid goalkeeper, but the Guinea international could and should definitely have done a little better.
Liverpool stats against Real Madrid showed the Premier League runners-up probably should have won, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side had the only stat that mattered – the goal scored by Vinicius Junior in the second half.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/05/29/horrible-chris-sutton-reacts-to-what-52m-liverpool-star-did-with-10-mins-left-last-night/ Chris Sutton reacts to what the £52m Liverpool star did with 10 minutes remaining last night