Jurgen Klopp enjoyed his best night as Liverpool manager on Thursday, knocking his former club Borussia Dortmund out of the Europa League following a magnificent comeback.
The Reds looked down and out after Marco Reus had put Dortmund 3-1 ahead on the night in the 57th minutes - and 4-2 on aggregate - but three goals in the final 25 minutes from Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren sent Klopp’s men through to the Europa League semi-finals.
After the match, a delighted Klopp congratulated his players one-by-one on the pitch and was filmed lifting Coutinho into the air. (Scroll down this page to watch the footage).
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Klopp bounced over to the Brazilian playmaker, who found himself hoist into the air after his attempts for a routine high-five were ignored.
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Video: Klopp celebrates with Coutinho
Klopp: It was a 'wonderful' night
“It was a wonderful, wonderful night,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Guardian after the match. “That was football at its best, a great game to experience for everyone involved. We wanted to be brave but that becomes more difficult when you go behind so early, though in the end I think the result was deserved.
“We might have got a little bit lucky but we never stopped trying and we created a lot of chances.”
Klopp, in his post-match interview with BT Sport, swore after being asked about the prospect of Liverpool winning the trophy and subsequently winning entry into next season’s Champions League.
“Don’t ask me about this sh*t,” Klopp responded, which forced BT Sport to make an apology.
“We have just played a brilliant, outstanding game, but we are bound to get a really strong opponent in the next round and we will have to do it all over again.”
Tuchel pays tribute to Liverpool
Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund’s head coach and the man who replaced Klopp at Signal Iduna Park last summer, paid tribute to Liverpool for their dramatic victory.
“I cannot explain what took place, because that would imply there were logical or tactical reasons behind the result, and I don’t think any of that happened,” he said.
“We reacted well to Liverpool’s first goal, but once they scored again we began to lose our control of the game. It was strange, like we stopped trusting ourselves. We no longer dared to attack, we were concentrating on defending, and every supporter in the ground seemed to know there would be a lucky punch right at the end. It was as if it was meant to be.
“Liverpool took a lot of risks towards the end, but they beat us fairly enough and I would like to offer congratulations. It is important to be honourable in defeat. It was quite a game, quite a night, but Liverpool won and they deserved it.”
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