Klopp angered by reporter question, claims Liverpool star ‘would play in each team in the world’

Jurgen Klopp was not happy when asked whether Liverpool’s job was done ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Villarreal.

Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield last week when they faced the Spanish side in the first leg. Pervis Estupinan scored an own goal before Sadio Mane got their second.

The Reds won again at the weekend. This came against Eddie Howe’s in-form Newcastle United side. Naby Keita netted the winner in the 19th minute.

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If Liverpool get past Villarreal, they will face Man City or Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League in France at the end of May.

Klopp was annoyed when asked whether Liverpool’s job was already done in the semi-finals:

“If I was younger I’d have been really angry with the question! Of course, no. It’s only half-time,” Klopp said (quotes via Liverpool Echo).

“We have to go there and try to win, knowing they (Villarreal) will go with all they have.

“It’s a semi-final, it should be tough. We never expected it to be easy. But we played a good game at home and we need to play a good one away as well.

“You never know if we’ll get another chance in a semi-final.

“We have an exceptional team but you need luck, so you had better treat it carefully and we will. If Villarreal beats us with a result, congratulations and that’s it.”

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Klopp also stated that Liverpool must play a “top game” to get the better of Villarreal:

“Maturity and experience is important but not the only decisive thing. Everything that we are is required tomorrow night.

“We have to be ready to play a top, top game. They will try top lay much more football than we allowed them in the first game.

“Unai will sure try to adapt a few things. It will be really interesting. Maturity is important but not the only thing.”

Klopp went onto claim that in current form Thiago would play in every team in the world:

“In the shape he is in now, he’d play in each team in the world and for Spain as well.

“Just when he got here he was injured and Spain had a lot of options. The shape he is in now he’d get in each national team. Like any player, he needs to be in his best shape.”

On Liverpool’s team news, he added: “[Roberto Firmino is now running. It’s nothing serious but it’s very painful each step. He will travel with us but won’t be involved in the squad yet. Then we had issues with stomach bug (Kostas Tsimikas, Curtis Jones, Divock Origi) but they are all back.”


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