Klopp reveals which game he has told Liverpool to learn from

Matt Stead

Jurgen Klopp recalled a past experience of being 3-0 down after the first leg of a Champions League tie as he prepared his injury-hit Liverpool side for Barcelona’s visit to Anfield on Tuesday.

The Reds trail 3-0 following the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and, although Klopp’s previous bid to overturn that deficit ended in disappointment, he is not deterred from hoping for a different outcome this time.

In April 2014, Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund outfit lost 3-0 in the Bernabeu to a Real Madrid side, which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Karim Benzema, Isco and Gareth Bale, in a Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Dortmund threatened to upset the odds in the return fixture and Klopp remains convinced they deserved far more from their 2-0 victory which saw them narrowly miss out.

Many are comparing Tuesday’s task to the comeback Liverpool pulled off three years ago against, coincidentally, Dortmund in a Europa League quarter-final at Anfield when they won in added time from 4-2 down on aggregate with 25 minutes remaining.

Klopp, however, has another story about his former club he feels is more relevant ahead of the semi-final second leg.

“I don’t think too much about Dortmund. My own personal little story is about Real Madrid, years ago with Dortmund,” he said.

“We lost 3-0 there but then at home we changed seven or eight positions and we won 2-0 and we should have won 5-0 without a shadow of a doubt. We were clearly the better side.

“But it was Madrid then and it’s Barcelona now. It’s a big difference. I don’t want to talk too much, but I have told the players that story.

‘We changed the team on purpose, more or less. Oliver Kirch was a really good player, who had only played a couple of games, but that was the eye-opener for the whole world.

“Everyone was thinking, ‘Who’s that guy?’ He played an unbelievable game that night against Madrid.

“It doesn’t mean that it will happen again but it is enough for me to believe. That is what we do, no more. I understand all these questions about the past but a lot of things are possible.

“It’s about how much we can do. Can we believe at the beginning in the opportunity? We will see.”