Jurgen Klopp makes ‘crazy’ admission about Liverpool FC

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool FC's run to the Champions League final has taken him a bit by surprise

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp has described Liverpool FC’s run to the Champions League final as “crazy”.

The Reds have been in fine form in Europe’s elite club competition this season and they have been earning huge amounts of praise for their positive attacking displays.

Liverpool FC are currently preparing for their Champions League showdown against Real Madrid in Kiev at the end of the month as they bid to try and win their first trophy under the German manager.

They head into the game on the back of having secured their place in the top four this season thanks to a 4-0 victory over Brighton at Anfield in the top flight last weekend.

Liverpool FC have beaten the likes of FC Porto, AS Roma and Manchester City on their way towards setting up a showdown against the Spanish giants.

And even Klopp himself has admitted that the Reds’ run to the Champions League final has taken him by surprise somewhat.

Speaking in an interview with Uefa, Klopp said: “Honestly, I have to say we were a little bit surprised when we won 5-0 against FC Porto, because they’re a top team. It was impressive. I was impressed myself, to be honest.

“Then we faced Manchester City, a rival we didn’t want to play against, not only because they are a very strong side, but also because 30 minutes into the game you don’t have the feeling you’re playing in the Champions League anymore. But, of course, it was football of the highest quality.

“We won in a way that seems pretty incredible and crazy somehow. We won 3-0 at home against City. And we’ve had the feeling throughout the [run] that we could have scored at least two goals per game.

“The second leg against City was a very difficult game, of course. And we conceded a goal right at the beginning of the game. But we showed our strength and were able to even win that game, too. That’s also extraordinary.

“And then in Rome… the two underdogs playing each other in the semi-finals. We managed to lead 5-0 at home. The number of goals we scored is simply crazy. We’ve scored seven goals twice and five goals twice, too. That’s really [crazy], because we aren’t Barcelona, we aren’t Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

“We aren’t anyone else. We are Liverpool, on the way to becoming a really good team. And performing at such a high level is very cool. To summarise, it’s been a crazy ride. But, after all, we’ve earned our place here.”

Liverpool FC are seeking their first major trophy since Klopp took over at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers’ successor back in the autumn of 2015.

The Reds have finished in the top four for the second season running under their German manager.

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