John Barnes: This is when Liverpool produced ‘Jurgen Klopp performance’
John Barnes reflects on Liverpool's Europa League final performance
John Barnes felt Liverpool produced a real “Jurgen Klopp display” in their 3-0 victory over Villarreal last week which set up a Europa League final clash against Sevilla.
The 18-time English champions levelled the tie on the night after Bruno Soriano’s own goal cancelled out Adrian Lopez’s added-time winner at Estadio El Madrigal.
Daniel Sturridge, who didn’t feature in the first leg in Spain, scored Liverpool’s second goal of the night with a clinical finish in the 63rd minute at Anfield.
England international Adam Lallana added a third nine minutes from time to secure a 3-0 win against 10-man Villarreal.
And former Liverpool captain Barnes felt that Europa League performance last week was an insight into the type of football the Reds will play under Klopp moving forward.
“Fantastic. That is the one word I would use to sum up Liverpool’s 3-0 win at home to Villarreal last week,” Barnes told Titanbet.
“The Reds knew what they needed to do after a narrow first leg loss in Spain and were thoroughly impressive as they coasted to a win over a side many tipped to pose them all sorts of problems at Anfield.
“For me, the performance was not just professional, but was also littered with intensity, desire and determination, and was as close as we’ve seen to a real ‘Jurgen Klopp display’ since his arrival at the club.”
Liverpool face defending champions Sevilla in the Europa League final next Wednesday.
The Reds haven’t won Europe’s second tier club competition since 2001 in Dortmund.