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Newcastle win harder than Barcelona comeback, says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says their comeback win at Newcastle was more difficult than their famous Champions League win against Barcelona.

Darwin Nunez’s two late goals in 13 minutes completed an extraordinary comeback as 10-men Liverpool earned a 2-1 win at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Anthony Gordon scored for Newcastle in the 25th minute, and Virgil van Dijk was sent off just three minutes later. Darwin Nunez who came on the pitch in the second half, scored twice in 81st and 93rd minutes to complete an incredible comeback.

Klopp: More difficult than Barcelona comeback

After the match, Klopp said this victory was more difficult than their famous comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2019.

“It was much more difficult than the Barcelona game,” he said.

“That was at home and we played a sensational first game that was lost 3-0 but learned a lot about ourselves and knew we could hurt Barcelona if we defended them properly.

“This was completely different. We didn’t start well, conceded a goal and a red card. We actually played better from that moment on with much more control. Newcastle struggled to create as we were more compact and fought really hard.

Klopp added: “At half-time the feeling was there for a special performance with a super attitude, passion and desire and a bit of luck as well. We calmed the game down and brought on Darwin [Nunez]. He was fired up as he wasn’t starting and put all his energy with his two shots. It was a super performance with two top-class goals.

“At half-time we said if we can turn this around it would be something to tell the grandkids – I see mine in 10 days, so I will tell them.

I have no clue what it means [for the rebuild] but in this moment, with my history of over 1,000 games I’ve never had something like that in that way, at Newcastle, with that atmosphere – it’s crazy. I’ve never had that, it is special, what it means? I have no clue. Next week is Aston Villa, who are strong so we have to be ready.”

Trent: It was unbelievable

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold also said their fans will remember this special performance for a long time.

Arnold told Sky Sports: “It was unbelievable, something very special. You come here with a game-plan, dictate the play and kill the atmosphere as that’s an advantage for them. But we had to do it the hard way, a very hard way. We dug deep and pulled together. A performance for the ages, one of our best performances. There were some outstanding performances.”

Alisson: We can do something special

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, who made a sensational save in the first half to deny Newcastle their second goal, insisted that everyone in the club are together, and they can do something special this season.

“You can’t underestimate Liverpool even in a game like that. When you play as a unit you can do so many things, make the pitch smaller and play with our quality. We said at half-time we would have chances and were capable of doing something. We did it. This was one of a kind.

“I really believe we can do something special this season. There has been so much talk about our feelings on the transfer window. Please don’t put words in our mouth, we are together, we believe in ourselves and we showed that here at Newcastle, a really tough place to get three points in these circumstances. We have to use this game to move forward now.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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