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Jurgen Klopp: I broke my promise

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confessed that he broke a promise to his players by likening Wednesday’s 4-1 victory at home against Luton Town to their remarkable comeback against Barcelona in 2019.

The Reds had to rally from a goal down to defeat a determined Hatters side, with Chiedozie Ogbene surprising the visitors by scoring the opening goal in the first half.

Anxiety and tension mounted around Anfield until Virgil van Dijk leveled the score in the 56th minute. Just under two minutes later, Cody Gakpo gave Liverpool the lead for the first time in the match.

Luis Diaz then extended the lead with a third goal for the hosts before Harvey Elliott sealed the victory with a goal in stoppage time, propelling Liverpool four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Klopp: Luton win was reminiscent of the Barcelona one

Speaking after the match, Klopp acknowledged that this triumph evoked memories of his team’s 4-0 victory against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2018/19 Champions League, where they overturned a 3-0 deficit from the first leg.

“Tonight is one of those nights where it is difficult to stop talking. I am so happy,” Klopp said.

“We had to ignore the fact we were 1-0 down and use the things that are good and improve the counter-press. The second half was a thunderstorm. Wow.

“I will mention this game from now quite a few times. I promised my team a few months ago that I would never mention or use the Barcelona game as an example and I used it again today so I broke my promise.

“Just because before the game, it was kind of similar. Many players missing, stuff like this. The team that time ignored the fact who is missing and I want us to ignore the fact who is missing.

“That is difficult because the public got the whole knowledge of who is missing only tonight. It’s like… I needed a few minutes to process it when I got all the news.

“But from that moment on, when you know how you can deal with it and sort it for this game, it feels really good. That is what I wanted the boys to show.

“This is an example tonight. This is their Barcelona, now against Luton. A difficult situation, plenty of reasons to give up in moments: not tonight and I saw only a super group fighting.

“If you don’t limit yourself with bad thoughts, you can fly. And that’s what the boys did.”

Liverpool will resume action on Sunday as they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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