Jurgen Klopp has discussed the reaction to Liverpool’s “sh*t” corners and being punched in the arm by an unknown assailant.
The Reds reached the Europa League semi-final in dramatic fashion after coming from 3-1 down on Thursday evening against Borussia Dortmund – losing 4-2 on aggregate with fewer away goals – to win 4-3 with a last-minute Dejan Lovren header. It was a truly special European night.
The last time Klopp’s side advanced this far in European competition was in 2010, where they fell to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals.
Klopp has revealed what he told his players at half-time, but was somewhat more vocal when holding his post-match press conference.
Beforehand, he spoke to BT Sport about Liverpool’s prospects of winning the tournament.
Liverpool are now favourites to win the Europa League with most bookmakers, and when asked whether he felt his side could be crowned tournament victors come May, Klopp replied: “Come on, please don’t ask me this sh*t.
“It’s so hard,” he continued, “I know nothing about the other results. All the Spanish teams are unbelievably strong. I could never understand when people predicted who will this game would go on to win the trophy.
“But I can say we have time in the middle of May. If we are there, we will be ready.”
Discussing the game in his press conference, Klopp said that he was punched while celebrating Lovren’s stoppage-time winner.
“My right arm hurts – I don’t know why or who hit me,” the German said. “It’s a great night not to forget. We fought back like devils and it is deserved. A little bit lucky.
“It is difficult to explain. A wonderful, wonderful night at Anfield and to be honest the game was strange.
“When we brought Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen on we gave them the message, ‘we have to show character’.
“I don’t care if we lose, we have to show them and we did even more. This is European football at its best. It’s hard to believe. Congratulations to all of the lads.
“At half-time it’s difficult to stay brave but we agreed that the we had to go the hard way. It is a game that all fans – even not of Liverpool or Dortmund – can say, OK, football is a nice game.”
Klopp then questioned why Liverpool fans complain at the standard of the side’s corner routines, with James Milner frequently failing to clear the first man. Mamadou Sakho headed an equaliser from a Milner corner despite the ball bouncing first in the area.
“I don’t like the sound around corners when they don’t work,” Klopp said. “That’s a waste of time. The corner is already sh*t. You don’t have to say it was sh*t. Sorry, I said it twice. Rubbish.”