Klopp’s surprise tactics of employing Gini Wijnaldum as a makeshift front-man looked to be paying off as, despite trailing to a Luis Suarez goal, Liverpool dominated the second half.
Overall, the Reds had more possession and more shots than Barca on their own patch, but a moment of good fortune followed by a moment of pure genius from Messi looks to have settled the tie in Barca’s favour.
The Catalan giants are now odds-on favourites to win the Champions League, while Liverpool are 9-1 to produce an Anfield miracle and somehow qualify for the final from 3-0 down.
“Football is like this, it’s about scoring goals and they scored three and we scored none,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“I’m really happy with the performance, that’s how it is, of course not too happy with the result but we have to take that, that’s football. We have to accept that.”
“How we created the moments is outstanding, how we caused them problems was outstanding. We controlled the game so well in the second half especially, we had the ball.
“The one time bad defending, being 1-0 down is already hard, but not a big problem usually and that’s what we said at half-time.
“Going out then and how we played it. I don’t know if we can play it much better to be honest but then you have that one moment, the ball goes onto the crossbar and then it’s a very easy goal.
“The other is a wonder-strike again. I think Ali (Alisson) was there and each other ball he would have saved but that ball was obviously unsavable.
“That’s it, 3-0 down and now let’s recover and go to Newcastle. Now the game is over and whatever I say will not change the result.”