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Leaving aside last season’s round of 16 losses at the hands of Atlético de Madrid, Liverpool’s Champions League record with Jurgen Klopp has been quite spectacular.
The German has led the Reds to two finals and has had some really incredible results. Dramatic comebacks, ruthless beatings and last-minute winners, Klopp’s reign has had it all, but which of his team’s great European nights should be remembered most fondly?
Here are 10 of the best ones that will make fans flatter for years to come …
Several weeks after submitting Maribor to the sword 7-0, the Reds were in a bad mood again against Spartak Moscow.
However, the scoreboard does not tell the full story of this game. Sure, Liverpool were leaps and bounds ahead of their opponents, but Spartak didn’t go down without a fight, forcing Loris Karius to make five saves.
The Reds’ star man was Philippe Coutinho, who helped himself to a hat trick, while Sadio Mane also grabbed a double. Roberto Firmino was the other scorer on a memorable night at Anfield.
As you will recall Klopp mentioned once or twice, Liverpool hosted Ajax recently in the middle of a rather serious injury crisis.
Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Alisson, Joe Gomez and several others were lost to the Dutch champions smelling blood.
In the end, Erik ten Hag’s team would leave Merseyside empty-handed thanks to the heroics of several Liverpool academy graduates. Neco Williams and Curtis Jones combined brilliantly for the game’s lone goal, while Caoimhin Kelleher made a couple of impressive saves to keep Ajax at bay.
It wasn’t the underdog story Klopp tried to tell after the game, but it was an impressive result nonetheless.
Say what you want about Roma’s ridiculously stupid high line, Liverpool’s semi-final win over I Giallorossi in 2018 will live on in memory.
If Klopp’s players were nervous about being one win away from the final, they didn’t show it, playing with a freedom their opponents couldn’t deal with.
Mohamed Salah in particular was unplayable against his former club, scoring two goals and assisting Mane, while Firmino helped himself to two goals and two assists.
Liverpool were the favorites heading into the 2019 Champions League final against Tottenham.
Despite this, many big teams have been weakened under the lights on the bigger stage, making the Reds’ 2-0 win quite impressive.
The game got off to a dramatic start when Moussa Sissoko was penalized for a dubious handball call in the box within 30 seconds. Salah happily converted the resulting penalty.
Then, with only a few minutes to play, Divock Origi, who never strayed from the big occasion, started the victory celebrations with a good ending.
Liverpool’s trip to Bergamo to face Atalanta was regarded as one of the most exciting and fluid games of the season, and it did.
The only problem for Gian Piero Gasperini’s team was that all the goals flowed in one direction. Diogo Jota had a particularly impressive game, expertly playing the role of Roberto Firmino’s false nine and scoring a nice hat trick.
Salah and Mane scored as well, as Liverpool made a huge statement of intent for the rest of Europe.
Played in front of a riotous crowd from Anfield, Liverpool’s meeting with Paris-Saint Germain in the 2018/19 group stage was a cold classic.
Daniel Sturridge, who made his first Champions League start in six years, led the Reds 1-0 from the start, before James Milner doubled his lead from the penalty spot.
Then came PSG’s comeback with Thomas Meunier scoring just before the break. Les Parisiens draw came from a much more likely source, Kylian Mbappé, who crashed the house to level things out with eight minutes to go.
That would have been all he wrote, if it weren’t for a last breath of magic from substitute Roberto Firmino. Twisting and turning inside the area he finally found enough room for a shot that Alphonso Areola couldn’t keep from huddling in the bottom corner.
To reach the quarter-finals in 2019, Liverpool faced the unenviable task of clinching a result at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich.
After losing captain Jordan Henderson in the 12th minute to injury, many fans feared the worst. Mane soon calmed these nerves with a truly incredible goal. Seriously. If you don’t remember, stop and look at it now.
Even an own goal from Joel Matip could not deflect Klopp’s players, with Virgil van Dijk and then Mane again scoring in the second half to secure a fantastic away result.
Few gave Liverpool a chance to progress against Manchester City in the 2018 quarter-finals.
At the time, Pep Guardiola’s team was on track to post a Premier League record of 100 points and had already beaten the Reds 5-0 earlier in the season.
Klopp’s team, roared by a capacity crowd, laughed at these lengthy odds, securing a famous 3-0 win thanks to goals from Salah and Mane in the first half, as well as a stunner from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. .
The first games are not more impressive than this.
And so Liverpool traveled to Etihad Stadium for their quarter-final second leg with a three-goal lead.
Still, there was a feeling beforehand that City had more than enough to progress. This sentiment only strengthened when Gabriel Jesus got the Cityzens off to a perfect start, finishing Raheem Sterling’s cross with less than three minutes played.
After this setback, the Reds could have retired. Instead, they stood their ground, defending for their lives and even winning the game thanks to a goal from Salah and Firmino.
It was the complete home performance.
Forget about Liverpool’s ‘Most Impressive Champions Leagues won under Jurgen Klopp’, this could be the most impressive victory in the competition’s history.
3-0 less since the first leg, the Reds needed more than a miracle to advance to the final. Fortunately, miraculous European results are an Anfield specialty and Liverpool served one of the best in May 2019.
An early goal from Divock Origi gave them hope and passive Barcelona were left reeling as a two-minute double salvo from Georginio Wijnaldum tied things on aggregate.
Then came the most iconic corner routine of all time. You know what we’re talking about and we’re sure you can remember the roar of the crowd when Origi’s punch hit the back of the net to send her team to the final.