Jurgen Klopp details Liverpool’s plan for Barcelona match in Champions League

Jurgen Klopp has detailed his plan that saw Liverpool beat Barcelona on a historic night in the Champions League.

The German masterminded an astonishing 4-0 win at Anfield to send the Reds to the final in 2019.

Being 3-0 down from the first leg, Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi’s braces secured victory for the current league champions.

The first goal on that famous night came after just seven minutes, with the Belgian knocking the ball into an empty net.

And Klopp revealed that this was part of the team’s way of breaking down the La Liga giants.

Speaking in Jamie Carragher’s new book The Greatest Games [via The Telegraph ] , the Reds boss said: “The plan was to jump in Barcelona’s face from the first second, so if we failed, we failed in our own way.

“We had nothing to lose that night. We wanted to make Barcelona uncomfortable from the first kick. And that is what we did."

That victory put Liverpool on the path to the Champions League final which they won 2-0 against Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano.

But Klopp has claimed that the Barca win at Anfield was the best 90 minutes of his time at Anfield.

“So far in my life, it is the greatest game I was ever part of, and one of the greatest ever, for sure,” he added.

“Maybe it was not against the Barcelona of Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta, but they were good enough to win the competition and good enough to beat us.

“But not good enough to beat the team they faced at Anfield that night.”

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