Europa League: Liverpool Will Take This Opportunity – Jurgen Klopp

LiverpoolLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has promised that Liverpool will give everything to lift the Europa League trophy.

This came after the Reds booked a place in the final with a 3-0 victory over Villarreal at Anfield.

A Bruno Soriano own goal in the seventh minute was followed by Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana strikes in the second half, which overturned a deficit from the first leg in Spain.

The Reds therefore progress to a meeting with Sevilla in Basel on May 18 – and deservedly so according to Klopp, who was delighted with his team’s display.

During his post-match press conference, Kloop was full of praises for his players admitting excitedly that their performance surpassed his expectations on the night.

“The problem is I’m not a native speaker so I don’t have the right words for this performance. It was nice to watch and nice to be part of it; the whole performance, not from the first, second (but) from 6.45pm when we drove through the road again. It’s nice.

“The first half-hour… what power! The will was obvious, I would say. Then for 15 minutes we lost a little bit of patience, that’s normal. We tried (to be) a little bit different and it made not too much sense. In the second half, (it was) back to the plan – still very emotional plus very smart, wonderful goals, well deserved.”

Kloop also had good words for striker Daniel Sturridge, who he admitted had a great game but mainly because he had a great team to play with, maintaining that the entire team was outstanding.

The 2016 Europa League final is Liverpool’s first European final since 2007 and Kloop considers this a great feat considering how the season has been for the club and particularly how difficult the Europa League started for them.

“When I came here, the tournament didn’t sound too nice for the people – three draws or something like that. It was a difficult group I thought and we came through with a nice game in Russia. That was good. We felt really comfortable in this tournament…

“I think, especially in 2016, the team has showed a lot of times what they are capable of and what they could be capable of in the future. That’s a really good sign. That’s more important for me as a manager.

“But then when you perform in the right moments like we did tonight, or against Dortmund or against United or Augsburg then you want to have more. That’s what we try now.

“Europe is big and a lot of teams want to go to finals, it’s not too easy. Now we are there. It’s a great opportunity and we will take it as an opportunity,” he said.

He admitted, however, that while outstanding performances are required, the club would also need some luck to win the title.

Klopp Extols Liverpool’s Europa League Performance

Liverpool-Jurgen-Klopp-Europa-League-DortmundLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is full of praise for his team after they staged an amazing performance to beat Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.

Kloop described the victory as everything a coach would desire from his team on a big match day.

Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel admitted that Liverpool took a lot of risks that worked for them.

Liverpool had done the unthinkable fight back at the Anfield Stadium from being 1-3 down to defeat Dortmund 4-3 and also qualified for the semi-final, 5-4 on aggregate.

Villarreal will subsequently host Liverpool in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on April 28 while the return leg would be played in England on May 5.

On the flip side, Sevilla will travel to Ukraine for the first leg against Shakhtar Donestk while the return leg would be played in Spain.

The Europa League final would take place in Basel, Switzerland on Wednesday, May 18.

Mourinho Lashes Out At Webb For Inconsistency

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho lashed out at English referee Howard Webb after his side were denied a place in the Champions League final by Borussia Dortmund yesterday.

Real came within a whisker of pulling off a remarkable comeback after losing their semi-final first leg 4-1 in Germany last week, but came up just short with a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu to exit 4-3 on aggregate.

Mourinho, who knows Webb well from his days as Chelsea manager, said the referee should have dismissed Dortmund’s Mats Hummels for handball in the second half; he accused Webb of not doing so to allow the centre back to play in next month’s final.

“It’s not a penalty, it is foul because it was out of the box, but it is clearly a red card because Cristiano’s pass leaves Benzema in front of the goalkeeper. Hummels stopped the ball: red card, with 18 minutes remaining plus the injury time, around 23, 24 to the end. In that moment Webb was not a referee, he was a human being and thought ‘this kid; Hummels is not going to play the final (if I send him off)’. He has to be a referee first and then a human being. He had to dismiss Hummels and then history could have been different,” said the outspoken Portuguese, who is a regular critic of match officials and has clashed several times with soccer authorities.

Asked about his future, a visibly moved Mourinho said in English that he would speak by the end of the season, adding that he felt loved in England.

“And in the end of the season I want to sit with, with Mr. Florentino Perez, my president, my friend and decide the best, the best for me. I know in England I’m loved. I know. I know I’m loved. I’m loved by, by the fans; I’m loved, I’m loved by the media, that treats me in a fair, in a fair way way, criticising me when they have, but giving me credit when, when I deserve it. I know I’m loved by, by some clubs, especially one. And in Spain the situation is, is a bit different because some people hates me,” Mourinho said.

Borussia Dortmund survived a stirring Real Madrid fight back to book their place in the Champions League final.

Real looked down and out before substitute Karim Benzema scored from close range in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos struck five minutes later, but with the Real fans going wild in the stands Dortmund held on.

Asked about Mourinho’s claims that Hummels’ handball could have been a game changer, Coach Juergen Klopp said there were many things that could make a difference in the match.

“I can perfectly understand that when a team is defeated so closely they must be very sad. If I had seen it (Hummels’ handball) I could say, but I didn’t see that and none of my players remember that, Mourinho said. If it is part of the global package, many things have an influence in the game. Everyone is doing their best. I have to say it, this is too much for me, I have to say it. Ramos did many things against Lewandowski that didn’t get called,” said Klopp.

The Borussia coach added: “Many, many things had happened in this game and the last game, so we are the absolute deserved team to go to, to go to Wembley. I never thought that this could happen, but now it is like it is. It is unbelievable and I’m so proud of all of my team.”

Klopp also said Borussia were not favourites to win the final, whoever they play.

“It will be one of the greatest moments (to play the final in Wembley) in our life. But I can say, when we are there, we don’t want to be a tourist. I think it’s not important against which team we play, we are not the favourites, so it’s the perfect role,” said the coach.

Dortmund, the European champions in 1997 on their only appearance in the final, will play German rivals Bayern Munich or Barcelona in the May 25 showpiece at Wembley stadium.