Liverpool have stunned everyone this season with their incredible run to the Champions League final – including their manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Merseyside team were looked at as not being defensively solid or experienced enough to reach the latter stages of the competition. However, they have proved everyone wrong by knocking out the likes of Porto, Manchester City and Roma on their run to the final.
Liverpool’s European campaign has been so shocking that even their own manager was a little surprised.
“Honestly, I have to say we were a little bit surprised when we won 5-0 against FC Porto, because they’re a top team. It was impressive. I was impressed myself, to be honest,” Jurgen Klopp told UEFA
“Then we faced Manchester City, a rival we didn’t want to play against, not only because they are a very strong side, but also because 30 minutes into the game you don’t have the feeling you’re playing in the Champions League anymore. But, of course, it was football of the highest quality.
“We won in a way that seems pretty incredible and crazy somehow. We won 3-0 at home against City. And we’ve had the feeling throughout the [run] that we could have scored at least two goals per game.
“The second leg against City was a very difficult game, of course. And we conceded a goal right at the beginning of the game. But we showed our strength and were able to even win that game, too. That’s also extraordinary.
“And then in Rome… the two underdogs playing each other in the semi-finals. We managed to lead 5-0 at home. The number of goals we scored is simply crazy. We’ve scored seven goals twice and five goals twice, too. That’s really [crazy], because we aren’t Barcelona, we aren’t Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
“We aren’t anyone else. We are Liverpool, on the way to becoming a really good team. And performing at such a high level is very cool. To summarise, it’s been a crazy ride. But, after all, we’ve earned our place here.”
Liverpool have still got their biggest test to come against Real Madrid. The La Liga side are not only one of the best teams in the world, but also highly experienced in the Champions League, winning the competition for the last two years.
Liverpool won’t mind being the underdogs though, as that tag has served them well all competition. They may just have one more shock left in them.