Liverpool FC: Experts see Klopp’s team heading towards immortality

Champions League Victory over the Bavarian conqueror

England experts see Klopp’s team heading towards immortality

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp could be satisfied – and was. “Super goal, a top-class performance,” he analyzed

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Liverpool FC are on the verge of their third triumph in the Champions League after 2005 and 2019. Jürgen Klopp’s team exudes remarkable security. But the coach says, “Wet our pants just before the toilet, it’s still wet our pants.”

JUrgen Klopp was thrilled. “We played a really good match for 95 minutes. Super goal, a top-class performance,” the coach praised after Liverpool FC’s well-deserved 2-0 (0-0) victory in the Champions League semi-final’s first match against Villarreal on Wednesday.

The former Dortmund champions did not want to know anything about a preliminary decision before the second match next Tuesday: “It’s only half time. There are 90 minutes left. It will be a completely different atmosphere. We have to make sure we are ready for that.”

FC Bayern experienced an ugly surprise when they lost 1-0 to Villarreal in the quarter-finals. But if the Spaniards want to land another coup against Liverpool, they need to improve considerably. Because the Europa League winner had nothing to face the constant pressure from the Reds (73 percent ball possession, 19: 1 shot on goal, 654: 180 passes received). A post rejected in goal by Pervis Estupinan from Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson (53 ‘) and star striker Sadio Mané (55’) secured the victory.

First and foremost, patience was required at Liverpool FC

The spectators did not get to see a spectacle like the day before when Liverpool’s league rivals Manchester City beat Real Madrid 4: 3 in the first semi-final. Klopp did not expect that either. Because Villarreal were well prepared for the Reds’ power football in the first half by the wise coach Unai Emery, who won 31 of his last 37 knockout duels in the Europa Cup. It was only in the second half that the Spanish defensive artists were no longer able to cope with the constant pressure and could still be happy with the result.

Until then, patience was required of Klopp. Because the seventh-placed team in the Primera Division knew how to slow down, break the flow of the English game and defend compactly on the defensive. In addition, the Spaniards had the necessary luck in the first round, such as Thiago’s long shot on the post (42nd).

The Spanish newspaper El País commented: “Villarreal’s padlock broke at Anfield. After showing iron strength in Turin and Munich and resisting for almost an hour in Liverpool. When the home side began to lose their nerves after a violent but fruitless siege, a deflected ricochet post from Jordan Henderson off Estupiñán and landed in Rulli’s goal, which shattered the fortress that Emery had spent months patiently spraying concrete. ”

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In the Liverpool camp, satisfaction was similarly high. “Our counter-pressure was really good. That made it difficult for the opponent, but the game is not over yet. It’s going to be tough at Villarreal, “said captain Henderson, already looking at the Premier League task in Newcastle on Saturday (13.30 in the WELT sports sticker).

The historic four-pack entices

Because the title hunger in Liverpool is huge, it lures the historic four-pack. They have already won the League Cup, they have reached the FA Cup final against Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel, and Liverpool are only one point behind longtime rivals Manchester City in the league.

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The view leaves Klopp cold. “Wet our pants just before the toilet is still luke our pants. Therefore, it is not really close now, it does not help either,” said the 54-year-old. The thought of possible titles “does not matter” for Klopp, he said clearly : “I knew before the season that there were four titles.”

Given the tight schedule, especially for English top teams, Klopp said he “can not think of any titles at all. We try to get through the situation as best we can. We try to prepare for the next match as best we can. We’re trying to help the boys keep it fresh, and then we’ll see what comes out of it. ” It is already “a fantastic season” for him at this point, Klopp stressed.

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But England’s experts are already looking forward to this season’s crown. Former Liverpool striker and international Michael Owen believes Klopp’s team can make it big. “It is actually impossible, but now you think it can happen. The way they play, their beliefs, “Owen told BT Sport, adding:” It was total dominance. This is the best team I’ve ever seen in a red jersey. “

Even Rio Ferdinand, once a star defender at arch-rivals Manchester United, was thrilled: “They are relentless with and without the ball. It’s the way they put teams under pressure, the energy, the commitment, it’s amazing.” Referring to quadruple, Ferdinand added: “If they achieve that, they are immortal, they are above anyone who has played the game in this country.”

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