Tuesday 20 August 2019

'Just show some f***ing balls' - Details revealed of Jurgen Klopp's passionate pre-match team talk

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk celebrate in front of their fans
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk celebrate in front of their fans

Harry Clarke

Defender Dejan Lovren has revealed how a passionate Jurgen Klopp inspired Liverpool ahead of Tuesday night's magical and historic victory over Barcelona.

Liverpool are into a second successive Champions League final following one of the greatest comebacks ever witnessed with Klopp's men overturning a 3-0 deficit to thump the Spanish giants 4-0 at Anfield.

Eternal optimist Klopp spoke before the game about how it is football and "anything can happen".

Now Lovren has lifted the lid on his pre-match speech.

"Behind the scenes, it's always more intense than you think," said Lovren. "The first game was 3-0 so we knew it was going to be a tough game.

"Congratulations to Klopp. Before the game he had an amazing speech. It was something brilliant that he did.

"He lifted us up so much. He just said 'Believe - put it in your mind that you can do it'. We never heard that from him before.

"He said 'Boys, belief. One, two goals. Even if we don't score in the first 15 or 20 minutes. Believe in the 65, 66, 67 minutes that we can score.With Anfield behind, trust me guys, we can do it. We did it once, the Dortmund game, and we can do it tonight. Just show some f***ing balls'.

"And we did it!"

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Lovren added that Liverpool players were in tears in the dressing room after a night that will be etched in Anfield folklore for the rest of time. 

"From Divock, to Shaqiri, guys who haven't had too many games the last couple of weeks but we're amazing," he added.

"Then you see the players in the stands crying, that's what it means to this club. Personally for me, it's another final and I really want to win somethng. It's just unbelievable."

Shaqiri echoes Lovren's sentiments.

"Crazy. Everyone was shocked, like they couldn't believe it," said the Swiss international.

"We were celebrating, some of the guys were crying. Me? No! I am just so happy, so happy to have helped.

"We have achieved something special. The manager didn't change things a lot. He just told us to perform, to keep going.

"We knew everyone had written us off because of what happened in the first leg. It was an incredible performance. If you believe - if you believe in life - anything and everything can happen.

"The fans, they pushed us to the end. They wouldn't let us stop. It is so difficult to explain what happened in the game.

"We got what we deserved. What an unbelievable night - maybe the best night there has ever been here.

"We knew everything could happen and we are really proud of what we have achieved."

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Shaqiri has already won the Champions League with Bayern Munich but desperately wants to lift his first piece of silverware at Anfield.

And he said neither him nor his team-mates had given up hope of a twist on the final day of the Premier League season, which could yet deliver a first title since 1990.

"I have won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and I know what it is like to win this title," he added.

"It is the biggest one there is to win. It is the football stage in Europe, everyone watches you - everyone wants the trophy. I want to win it a second time.

"We are there in the final and I want to win it with Liverpool. After what we did against Barcelona, we all want to win it.

"But there is a long way to go. It is difficult to speak about the final now as we still have one more Premier League game.

"We want to finish the season well. Man City have the lead; they have to lose or draw and we have to win.

"We are happy to be in the final. If we don't win the Premier League, at least we have a chance to win the Champions League."

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