Jurgen Klopp made a special note by guiding Liverpool to the Champions League final stage for the third time in the last five seasons. The Reds proved to be Europe’s time elite.
Wednesday (4/5/2022), Liverpool confirmed their move to the 2021/22 Champions League final after struggling to beat Villarreal (3-2) in the semifinal second leg duel, El Madrigal, Spain.
This match went tough for the Reds. Last week’s 2-0 win in the first leg faded quickly when they allowed the home side to score twice in the first half.
Liverpool was under pressure, until finally getting up in the second half through the entry of Luis Diaz. Three goals in the second half was enough to drown the hosts.
Third final, like first
The success of beating Villarreal and stepping into the 2021/22 UCL final is certainly a special note for the Reds. They are quite familiar with the Champions League the last few seasons.
Liverpool have reached three Champions League finals in the last five seasons. They won it once in the 2018/19 season after previously losing to Real Madrid in 2017/18.
Honestly, because the Champions League is always special,” Klopp said on Liverpoolfc.com’s official website.
“For me, this [UCL] is the best competition in the world. I love it. I love the sound, everything, I love the match nights.”
Respect for the opposing team
Not to forget, Klopp also praised Villarreal’s resistance. He admits Unai Emery’s men have made the game tough for Liverpool.
As for how their players put pressure on us, everything is incredible,” Klopp continued.
“So this win feels very special because the game was so difficult for us. Anyway, in the end we deserved to win and qualify, that’s very good.”