The 5 times Klopp has got Liverpool to a semi-final and how they did

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After beating Leicester City on penalties, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have now booked their place in the League Cup semi-finals.

Their upcoming match against Arsenal will be the sixth time that Klopp is involved in the semi-finals of a major competition with Liverpool.

We’ve taken a look at their last five semifinals to see how they fared in them.

League Cup 2016

After replacing Brendan Rodgers in October 2015, Klopp’s fourth game in charge of Liverpool was a League Cup match against Bournemouth at Anfield.

The Reds won 1-0 and then recorded a comprehensive 6-1 away win over Southampton in the fifth round to secure their place in the semi-finals.

Jordan Ibe’s strike gave them a 1-0 away win over Stoke in the first leg of the semi-final, but Marko Arnatovic scored the only goal at Anfield to take the match to the penalty spot.

Liverpool came out on top after scoring six of their seven penalty kicks and Simon Mignolet saved the spot from Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa.

They then met Manchester City in the final at Wembley, but were on the losing side for the penalty shootout.

Europa League 2016

Liverpool’s inconsistent league form in 2015-16 led Klopp to prioritize the Europa League as they sought to secure Champions League qualification.

After going through the group stage, they knocked out FC Augsburg, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund before being drawn against Villarreal in the semi-finals.

During the first match in Spain, Klopp’s team looked to get a creditworthy draw until Adrian Lopez scored a dramatic winner of overtime for the hosts.

At Anfield, Liverpool equalized on aggregate through Bruno Soriano’s early own goal before Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana completed the turning point.

“Wonderful evening, brilliant match on my part,” Klopp told BT Sport after the match. “What an achievement. The first half hour was a great feeling. It was good.

“The last 15 minutes of the first half we lost patience. The plan in the second half was to keep up with the emotional football goal by using the brain a little more and ultimately ingeniously.”

The Reds, who had finished eighth in the Premier League, met another Spanish team in the final but lost 3-1 to Unai Emerys Sevilla.

League Cup 2017

After beating Burton Albion, Derby, Tottenham and Leeds United, Liverpool reached the League Cup semi-finals for the second season in a row.

They were drawn against Southampton and Nathan Redmond’s goal gave the Saints a fully deserved victory in the first match at St Mary’s.

“We can not be happy with the performance, Southampton can not be happy with the result,” Klopp said after the match. “I do not remember a clear chance for us.

“We gave the ball away so easily and we needed Loris Karius to save our lives two or three times.”

Liverpool delivered a slightly better performance in the second half at Anfield and had several clear chances, but still had a hard time finding a way past FraserForster.

With the hosts looking for an equalizer, Southampton clearly broke in the closing moments and Shane Long scored to make it 2-0 overall.

Champions League 2018

After signing Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool’s performance rose another level during 2017-18.

The Reds finished at the top of their Champions League group and then reached the semi-finals by beating Porto and Manchester City in the knockout phase.

Klopp’s team were happy to avoid Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the semi-final, and they played against Roma, who had sold Salah to Liverpool a few months earlier.

During the first match at Anfield, Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 5-0 lead before Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti scored late goals for the Italians.

Despite losing 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico after a late match from Radja Nainggolan, Liverpool still won 7-6 overall and reached their first Champions League final since 2007.

Champions League 2019

After losing the Champions League final in 2018 to Real Madrid, Liverpool were desperate to go a better one in 2019.

They reached the semi-finals for the second season in a row, but their dream came true when Barcelona beat them 3-0 at the Camp Nou in the first match.

Liverpool, who were without the injured Salah and Firmino in the second match at Anfield, needed a miracle to reach the final.

But Divock Origi gave Liverpool hope with an early goal before substitute Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice in 122 seconds in the second half.

With the overall score of 3-3, Trent Alexander-Arnold caught the visitors’ defense, sleeping from a corner, and Origi scored his second goal of the match.

The Reds then met Premier League team Tottenham in the final and won their sixth Europa Cup.


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