Jose Mourinho has praised Jurgen Klopp following Liverpool’s stunning Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona.
Klopp’s side progressed to a second successive Champions League final in epic fashion on Tuesday night, overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit at Anfield to advance 4-3 on aggregate.
Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum each scored twice in an incredible 4-0 second-leg win, with Mourinho full of praise for Liverpool boss Klopp following their miraculous comeback.
“I didn’t expect it, I said impossible is nothing, I said if it’s possible, Anfield is one of the places to make the impossible be possible,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.
“But I have to say that for me, this has one name – Jurgen.
“I think this is not about tactics, this is not about philosophy, this is about heart and soul, and a fantastic empathy he created with this group of players.
“They had the risk of finishing a fantastic season without anything to celebrate, and now they are one step from being European champions.
“I think Jurgen deserves, you know, the work they are doing in Liverpool is fantastic.
“But I think this is about him, this is a reflection of his personality, don’t give up, a fighting spirit, every playing giving everything.
“He’s not crying because he’s missing a player, he’s not crying because they are playing 50 or 60 matches per season.
“Other coaches in other leagues they are crying, saying their players are playing too many matches when they play 30 or 35 matches.
“Everything I think today is about Jurgen’s mentality.
“I just hope that Jurgen wins the Champions League finally.
“Because he lost already two Champions League finals and also a Europa League final.
“I think he deserves to make it happen. Because the work is fantastic.”