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reds out Jurgen Klopp gives his verdict as Liverpool's Champions League dream fades at an eerie Anfield

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Jurgen Klopp failed to inspire another Anfield comeback. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp failed to inspire another Anfield comeback. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp failed to inspire another Anfield comeback. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It was a night when Liverpool needed their 12th man, but instead they played in a stadium that has had its soul ripped away.

Liverpool exited the Champions League with a whimper having failed to properly test Real Madrid in a goalless draw at a venue that should have been alive with noise for a game against one of Europe's superpowers.

Instead, it was an uncomfortably familiar eerie silence echoing around a venue that has so often helped to inspire Liverpool to glory, yet those nights are gone for now.

The final analysis will confirm that Jurgen Klopp’s side paid the price for a disastrous 45 minutes in the Spanish capital last week as that 3-1 quarter-final first-leg defeat essentially put them out.

They created enough chances to have clawed back the two-goal deficit but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was hardly extended as yet another wasteful performance from their forwards proved costly with 15 attempts producing just four on target.

But this was a controlled, disciplined performance from the 13-time European champions who knew exactly what was required to get the job done.

It is almost two years since that famous semi-final second-leg comeback against Barcelona and it was five years to the day since the rousing Europa League recovery against Borussia Dortmund but aside from goals this tie was missing one crucial factor – fans.

"You always need the key moments. We didn't lose the tie tonight, we lost in Madrid," said Klopp.

"It was uncomfortable for Madrid. We were good, aggressive, had chances.

"If and when is not interesting. We didn't score and then the experience of Real Madrid played the tie down. That is ourselves this year with the finishing."

Mo Salah missed an early chance to fire Liverpool back into the tie and while they created chances against Zinedine Zidane's men, there would not be another Anfield miracle.

"We know how often Mo Salah finishes these things with closed eyes. Not here. Tonight it was absolutely OK, but we are out," accepted Klopp.

"We love this competition and for other reasons it is very important we are back in it. We can now concentrate on the Premier League and we will. We have to work our socks off against Leeds."

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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Liverpool veteran James Milner was equally philosophical, as he suggested failure to make the most of their openings proved to be decisive.

"The performance, intensity and desire was good. But you can't not take the chances we had and that was the difference," he told BT Sport.

"The positive is we are creating the chances and the reaction we showed. We were obviously the better team. We did enough to win the game.

"We wanted to come out of the blocks and set that tempo. If we had played that first leg with the same intensity it would have been very different. Ultimately we weren't good enough over two games.

"The most important thing is if we perform with the desire and intensity hopefully we can get into those top four spots."

Real Madrid boss Zidane suggested his side had a gameplan that worked to perfection at Anfield as he stated: "We were up against it and we knew we had to suffer tonight, but in the end we got what we wanted, which was to go through.

"I think we handled the game well, we rode the storm and can be proud of our display.

"We knew they'd start fast and they were really good in the opening 15 minutes, but that's normal.

"In the quarter-finals of the Champions League you have to dig in and we did that and got through."

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