Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool’s incredible comeback win over Barcelona was ‘too much’ and ‘overwhelming’ after an astonishing night at Anfield.
Liverpool went into tonight’s game knowing they had to score at least three times to have any chance of progressing, while also having to keep Barcelona at bay.
They had been rocked by injuries to Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, with Klopp turning to squad players Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi as replacements, and it was the latter who got the hosts off to a perfect start when he tucked the ball home from close range after just seven minutes.
Two goals in three second-half minutes from substitute Georginio Wijnaldum pulled Liverpool level on aggregate before Origi doubled his tally in the 79th minute after an audacious corner routine to secure the Reds’ passage into a second successive Champions League final.
Speaking after the game, Klopp said he knew his side had to be ‘unpredictable’ in order to beat ‘the best team in the world’.
“The whole game was too much. It was overwhelming,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“We played against maybe the best team in the world. Winning is difficult but winning with a clean sheet, I don’t know they did it. It’s unbelievable.
“I saw James Milner crying on the pitch after the game. It means so much to all of us. It’s the best phase of football. There are more important things in the world. But creating this emotional atmosphere together is so special. It’s all about the players.
“The mix of potential and unbelievable heart is just a mix I never saw before. You have to be confident in a game like this. Divock and Shaq didn’t play a lot. Putting a performance in like that, it was so important. It shows what’s possible in football. It’s so nice. It’s really nice.
“We had to be serious. But we needed to be cheeky as well. It was necessary. Barcelona defend predictable things well. But you need to be unpredictable at moments. I saw the ball flying in the goal, I didn’t see the corner. I didn’t see who took the corner. Ben Woodburn said ‘what happened?’”