Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about whether their Champions League semi-final tie against Villarreal was over and he explained why they didn’t get ‘angry’
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Jurgen Klopp has revealed that age prevented him from being “angry” with a journalist in his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final trip to Villarreal.
The Reds go into the second-leg with a two-goal advantage thanks to a comfortable win over the Yellow Submarine at Anfield last Wednesday. An own goal from Pervis Estupinan and Sadio Mane’s 55th minute strike proved to be the difference as Liverpool moved a step closer to qualifying for the final later this month.
In the other semi-final, Manchester City secured a 4-3 first-leg success over Real Madrid in a thrilling game at the Etihad Stadium. It gives the Citizens a platform to build on as try and reach their second successful final.
However, Liverpool could still win the quadruple. Jurgen Klopp’s side has already lifted the Carabao Cup and could also win the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup before the end of the month. The Reds are currently a point behind City in the league with four matches to go and also take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 14.
As Klopp as previously mentioned, the Reds are taking every game as it comes as they try and win every trophy they can possibly lift come the end of the season. Ahead of the clash with Villarreal, Klopp was asked about whether the tie was over after his side’s first-leg win.
He said: “If I was younger I’d have been really angry with the question! Of course, no. It’s only half-time. We have to go there and try to win, knowing they (Villarreal) will go with all they have. “
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“Maturity and experience is important but not the only decisive thing,” Klopp added. Everything that we are required tomorrow night.
“We have to be ready to play a top, top game. They will try to put a lot more football than we allowed them in the first game.
“Unai will definitely try to adapt a few things. It will be really interesting. Maturity is important but not the only thing.”
After their trip to Spain, Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday night as they continue their push for a second title in three seasons. This is all before traveling to Aston Villa and facing Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.