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Jurgen Klopp produces epic celebration while Daniel Sturridge conducts interview.

Jurgen Klopp produces epic celebration while Daniel Sturridge conducts interview

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Jurgen Klopp celebrated wildly following Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final victory over Villarreal on Thursday night.

The German coach saluted all four corners of Anfield after the Reds advanced to the Europa League final thanks to goals from Bruno, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

Sturridge conducted an on-pitch interview with BT Sport after the match, alongside Adam Lallana, while Klopp was entertaining the crowd in the background. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

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Every time Klopp raised his hands to the supporters, they would cheer.

The charismatic coach even threw in a couple of pretend waves in a cheeky bid to trick the supporters.

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Video: Klopp entertains fans during Sturridge interview

Video: Klopp's epic celebration

Impressive performance by Liverpool

Following last week’s 1-0 defeat at El Madrigal, it was imperative for Liverpool to avoid conceding a potentially costly away goal.

They did just that - in truth, Villarreal looked somewhat toothless upfront - while managing to score three goals in the process to earn them an impressive 3-1 aggregate win.

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Liverpool will now face Sevilla, who recorded a 3-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday, in the final on May 18.

Klopp delighted with victory

"When you perform like we did then you want to have it all and that is what we will try," Klopp was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

"We will go there and try to do everything for this wonderful club."

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The former Borussia Dortmund boss, who replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield back in October, added: "I don't know what it means that it is nine years between Liverpool's last final," said Klopp, who replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager in October.

"A lot of teams want to go to finals, it is not too easy, but it is a real opportunity and we will take the opportunity."

Klopp hails Sturridge

Klopp also paid tribute to Sturridge, who was an unused substitute in Spain last week.

“Daniel had a great game. When he is fit he is an unbelievable player,” the Liverpool manager was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “He was outstanding for us but even he needs the other players alongside him to play well too. That is what happened tonight, the performance exceeded all my expectations. I have no words to describe it, particularly the power we showed in the first half. It was nice to watch, great to be a part of a night like that.

“At half time I told the players to keep going with the emotional football but maybe use their brains a bit more. I wanted my players to be both emotional and smart, if that makes any sense, and they were.”

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