At a crucial moment of the two-legged contest away from home against Villarreal, the Liverpool stalwart, Virgil Van Dijk, revealed what the manager’s orders were at half-time.
Virgil Van Dijk has revealed what Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s players at halftime of the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Villarreal to motivate them to victory.
The Reds’ 2-0 lead from the first leg was wiped away in the first 45 minutes thanks to goals from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin.
The home supporters began to feel that one of the most historic upsets in Champions League history was on the cards.
Unai Emery’s team had little chance of beating the Premier League heavyweights thanks to goals from Fabinho, Luis Diaz, and Sadio Mane, as well as a dreadful goalkeeping effort from Gerónimo Rulli.
Villarreal had already eliminated Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the last four.
Klopp, on the other hand, assured that his team would not suffer the same fate with some wise words at the halftime break, sending his men on their way to victory and a spot in the final later this month.
When speaking to BT Sport after the game, Virgil Van Dijk revealed his manager’s orders at halftime.
Klopp ordered his side, according to the Netherlands international, saying “Let’s go footballing! Play Liverpool the way we’ve been all season! Go for the ball, move about with it, and get behind the last line.
We needed to demonstrate how much we wanted to go to the final, and with the speed we have, we needed to change it up as well.”
He was pleased with the end result as he felt they had performed really well when it got to the second half.
Van Dijk was candid in his appraisal of Liverpool’s first-half flaws, admitting that his team made “poor mistakes.”
“We didn’t get enough football practice in. We made incorrect judgments since there wasn’t much movement when we had the ball.” he said.
“You lose the ball in tight situations when you’re wide open at times, and the early goal after three minutes added to our pressure.”
The Dutchman went on to say that analyzing the game’s weak points right after the final whistle is too taxing.
“We are being harsh on ourselves if we think about the first half after we just made it to Paris.
What we have accomplished so far this season can’t be taken for granted, and we will keep going.
We have a few more pleasant weeks ahead of us, so we’ll relax and wait.”
As the Reds completed a spectacular second-half comeback triumph over Villarreal.
It appears that what manager Jurgen Klopp told them at halftime was worthwhile and successful.
A win that ensured their spot in the Champions League final later this month in Paris.
Klopp has now had Liverpool in three of the previous five Champions League finals.
In his managerial career, the German has already reached the final of European football’s most prestigious championship more times than Sir Alex Ferguson.