Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool players after Barca defeat: 'What an amazing game you played'


Liverpool players and fans will never forget their Champions League journey last season.

From beating Bayern Munich 3-1 away from home in the quarter-finals to producing a stunning comeback against Barcelona to reach the final, the Reds were immense.

They looked dead and buried after losing 3-0 away to Barcelona in the first leg of the semi-finals, but what happened next was nothing short of incredible.

Liverpool blew away Lionel Messi and co. at Anfield in the second leg, winning 4-0 to book a place in the Madrid final with Premier League rivals Tottenham.

And when June 1 came around, Jurgen Klopp's men did the business against Spurs to be crowned champions of Europe.

Liverpool now have a squad that's capable of challenging for every major honour - and it's all because of Klopp.

The 52-year-old took over as manager almost four years ago and has turned Liverpool from a team that was struggling to qualify for the Europa League into an unstoppable force.

His charisma is infectious and it's created a new-found sense of belief on Merseyside, as evidenced by his reaction in the dressing room after the Barcelona defeat.

Fabinho was brought to Liverpool by Klopp last summer and in a recent interview with Globo, the Brazil international revealed his manager's words at the Camp Nou.

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"The emotions he has on the edge of the pitch, even when he speaks to reporters, is not at all fake," said Fabinho of Klopp. "He's a tall guy who loves laughing.

"Sometimes he is in another room and we hear him laughing. He charges a lot, but he's a guy who was important for my move to Liverpool. It's been a pleasure working with him.

"After the game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, Klopp came into the dressing room happy and praising us: 'What an amazing game you have played, one of the most complete.'

"We lost 3-0, but I think we had a good game that day.

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"I was one of the last players to come out of the dressing room. He (Klopp) came to me and said: 'Fabinho, [Georginio] Wijnaldum said that we will qualify, what do you think?'

"I said I thought we were going to quality, and he said: 'Then there are three of us.' The conversation was very optimistic.

"Afterwards, the team and supporters was everything for us. It was really historical."

Klopp's man management and positivity played a huge role in Liverpool's Champions League triumph and it's expected that further success is on the horizon.

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