Jurgen Klopp was almost lost for words after overseeing one of the greatest European comebacks of all time last night.
Few gave Liverpool any chance after succumbing to a 3-0 defeat in last week’s first leg. The fact that the defeat had come at the hands of a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona and Liverpool were missing two thirds of their own potemt strikeforce in Mo Salah and Roberto Firminio made an already difficult task seemingly impossible.
Yet, two goals each from back up forward Divock Origi and sunstitiute Gini Wijnaldum were enough to secure a famous victory for teh Reds and put them through to next month’s final in Madrid where they’ll face Ajax or Spurs. on June 1st
An emotional Klopp was interviewed by BT Sport after the game and couldn’t hld back from using some colourful language to describe what he thought of his players.
“It was actually too much.”
— eir Sport (@eirSport) May 7, 2019
“I don’t know how the boys did it. It was incredible how we defended,” he said.
“”It’s 10 past 10, most of the children are probably in bed but these boys are f******…the mentality of giants. It’s unbelievable. Fine me if you want. I’m not native, I don’t have any other words for it. It’s unbelievable.
“It’s impossible. I saw James Milner crying after the game on the pitch. It means so much to all of us. I really mean all of us. You could see the faces in the stadium.
“There are more important things in the world but creating this sort of emotional atmosphere is so special. Getting the reward for that… It’s all about the players.”
And studio host Gary Lineker even lent his support to the Liverpool boss afterwards, telling viewers; “I’ve been asked to apologise on behalf – But I’m not going to. He’s perfectly entitled to say that. He can get away with that, it’s after the watershed. Well done Jurgen.”
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