Liverpool FC – Jürgen Klopp on Villarreal comeback, half-time message, reaching UCL final and more

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The Reds recovered from 2-0 down at the break to win the second leg 3-2 at Estadio de la Ceramica thanks to goals from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane, and therefore advance 5-2 on aggregate.

Klopp has now led the club to three Champions League finals in five seasons and his team are the first side in history to reach the final of that competition, the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the same campaign.

Read on for a transcript of the manager’s post-match press conference…

On what he said to the players at half-time…

Play better than the first [half]! No, it’s actually… usually in a situation like this when we don’t find a way into the game we try to find a situation which we can show the boys at half-time that explains it a little bit, what we have to do. So, when Pete [Krawietz] went in I told him, ‘Find just one situation where we did it how we wanted to do it in the first place.’ And when I came in, Pete just said, ‘Nah, didn’t find any.’ But it was clear.

The start was obviously really difficult for us to take, we were obviously impressed by that. We had no real build-up, we didn’t play in the right spaces, all of a sudden we just kicked long balls and tried to force it. We had, kind of, dangers, but never enough to get a little bit of momentum. So we just explained to the boys where we have to play, what we have to do, where we have to be stronger and where we have to move smarter because obviously in the first half we didn’t move enough. We couldn’t find the midfielders in the half-space because they were not there, the front three were too fixed: Sadio left, Mo right and Diogo in the centre. There was no flexibility so we had to mix that up definitely, to cause them more problems. Because of their very man-orientated defending we played in their hands and that’s what we had to change.