Jurgen Klopp called on Liverpool supporters to create the atmosphere that will help propel them to the Champions League final against Villarreal on Wednesday.
It has been three years since the Reds took part in a draw from the last four of the European Cup and will receive Unai Emery’s surprise package at Anfield before the return leg in Spain next week.
Klopp was asked if there were any similarities between the 2019 semi-final against Barcelona and Wednesday’s game and said he must hear a similar vibe to the one that inspired the famous 4-0 turnaround.
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“We need the atmosphere, we need the performance, but it’s a very different game,” Klopp said. “Barcelona’s line-up is completely different from what Villarreal does. We have to be aware of our game, I also have to be aware of my game before and after the game.
“That’s totally fine, it’s the Champions League semi-final. If it were easy, something would be completely wrong. I can’t wait, even in the tactics schedule, Man City, Man United, Everton, if you have a If we need the next game to play 1000 percent, then it will be Villarreal in the Champions League.”
Klopp’s Liverpool head into the tie as favorites against Emery’s Yellow Submarine. The Reds can boast as many as 20 different goalscorers this season and while Roberto Firmino is likely to be absent, Klopp can still choose from Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane, who have scored a combined 74 goals. †
Klopp added: “It’s a beautiful statistic, I’ve never had 20 players from my squad score a goal in a season. To me a block on the line is like scoring a goal to be honest, but that we don’t count them.
“There is no list for that or else has Alisson already scored this season? No, but he has already made a few saves that look like scoring a goal.”
“There are different ways to win a game and you have to find one. That’s how it is. We did that at the weekend (against Everton), of course the first half wasn’t very good, but of course we stopped there not.” We learned from the first half and tried to improve by causing problems. We scored goals. Robbo (Andy Robertson) celebrated like it was his first goal. It was his first for the Kop!
“We also have to find a way tomorrow and the next leg. We have two games to play, one here and one there. We know what result we will get tomorrow night, it will be an incredibly emotional atmosphere there and that’s what we want.” have to create tomorrow night as well.
“It’s nicer if you finish first and then fight for it with your audience in the second game, but who cares? That’s the way it is.”
“We have to make sure we are really on top of our game, everyone in the stadium, our supporters are smart and they know, they watch football and they know Villarreal is strong, we are strong but there will be moments we’ll suffer tomorrow night, I already knew that, but we can make them suffer tomorrow.
“I don’t know what result we will get, but whatever we are going to do with it, because it means everything to reach the Champions League final.”