London: Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp revealed that he evoked the players by using their 2005 Champions League triumph against AC Milan in Istanbul as a motivation to overcome Borussia Dortmund and secure a place in the Europa League semi-finals.
All hopes were shatter when Liverpool were 0-2 at half time. The second half, however, saw the Liverpool most of us know. Origi found the net three minutes into the second half. Coutinho then levelled the score with a low cut show in the 66th. Sakho put Klopp’s eleven in the 77th minute with a fine header. With little time to go and a lot at stake, Lovren headed home in stoppage time to put the match that is certain to be embedded in history books, in Liverpool’s kitty.
The Reds’ four second-half goals put them 5-4 up on aggregate against the Bundesliga side in their quarter-final tie.
“Very often in football life, a game is over (at 2-0) – but not here, not with this Liverpool team and that’s great to be part of,” said Klopp.
Klopp admitted that he wasn’t positive his team would have enough in them to rally at the half-time.
He insisted that he told them that it’s possible, but it’s much more difficult to do it than say it after which they showed that they have potential.
Praising the lads, he said the clash with Dortmund will be firmly forever etched in the club’s folklore.
The most memorable was the 2005 Champions League final, when Rafael Benitez’s team came from 3-0 down at half-time to draw 3-3 with AC Milan before winning the match on penalties.