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Jurgen Klopp foresaw the series of questions and answered before the interviewer could finish when the topic of Liverpool’s Champions League final opponent emerged.
Liverpool secured passage to their third Champions League final in five years, though it was far from hassle-free in Spain. Villarreal halved Liverpool’s overall lead within three minutes and that goal seemed to rattle the Reds.
Andy Robertson and Naby Keita went through fierce first half, and even the calm and confident Thiago Alcantara struggled on what was going to be a seasonal night.
Villarreal went into the break after scoring their second of the night, but inspired by Luis Diaz, the Reds roared back into the second half.
Fabinho, Diaz and Sadio Mane all got a complete turnaround from the first 45 minutes.
All eyes will now be on Wednesday’s showdown between Man City and Real Madrid to see who liverpool will meet in Paris.
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Talking to BT Sport after the game, Klopp said: “Respect to Villarreal, their team, stadium, coach … incredible what they put up and put us under pressure.
“Man-v-man all over the course. We did not play football at all. ”
Klopp reveals message about half time
Liverpool desperately needed a meeting during the break and the German revealed the simple message he was giving.
He continued: “We did not get momentum back in the first half. I said to the boys, ‘where is that momentum? They do not own it.
“We had to start playing football. Suddenly, when we broke the lines, found the half places and were more free and more flexible, not fixed on our positions, we were suddenly in the game, scoring goals and making it happen. ”
LV Interviewer Des Kelly then began asking a question about Wednesday’s semi-final clash between Man City and Real Madrid.
Interviewers usually ask the winner of the first semi-final who they would like to meet in the final – and if they would like to watch.
Mohamed Salah was asked exactly these questions in his interview on the pitch, and the Egyptian stated that he would like to avenge the final defeat in 2018 by fighting Real Madrid.
But in anticipation of which direction the question from Kelly went, Klopp interjected before he could finish, saying, “Yes, I want to see it! Of course. No matter who it becomes, it will be massive.
“Not that I wanted one thing or the other. But it will be massive and whoever wins tomorrow night or gets the result will deserve it and we will meet in Paris. “