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Ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy: Reds were better team

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy insists manager Jurgen Klopp's squad doesn't require major changes to win the Champions League next season.

Reflecting on last night's final defeat to Real Madrid, Murphy wrote for the Daily Mail: "Liverpool were unlucky to lose. Thibaut Courtois had one of those days as a goalkeeper where he never looked like being beaten.

"You sensed it when he tipped Sadio Mane's shot onto the post, and it was confirmed with that brilliant late stop from Mo Salah.

"Jurgen Klopp's players will be devastated by the result but they should sleep soundly because overall they were the better team.

"Real Madrid had to play pragmatic to beat them and that's what they did.

"Casemiro was outstanding, another example of not being over the hill once you turn 30, and Valverde and Carvajal were excellent down their right, snuffing out the threat of Andy Robertson.

"Great teams find a way to win. Real looked in awe of Liverpool in the first half but it was a shrewd way to stop Klopp's side from killing off them early with high energy.

"They played the percentages and worked out the game could be won on small moments."

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