Liverpool Klopp Episode 42 - Ghostbusters
"We came, we saw, we kicked its #$%!"
Big match up for LFC this Thursday in leg 2 against Dortmund in the Europa League!
Each side is hoping to be able to say those lines from Bill Murray after the match.
What line up will Klopp field?
The easy part: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno
Defensive midfield: Can, Allen
The hard part is who is Klopp going to call for the final four spots! Will Klopp go "all in" with Origi and Sturridge up at the top and Coutinho and Lallana out wide?
Or will he hold Sturridge for later in the match and have Origi at the top flanked by Coutinho and Lallana and have Milner/Allen/Can patrol the midfield in a 4-3-3 formation?
I think Klopp will go for the latter.
Keeping an eye on the buildup over at the Echo. Here is the preview at This Is Anfield. Empire of the Kop reports on Klopp's remarks. The writer calls for the fans to show up in full voice:
"It’s a cliche, but it’s true: there really is nothing like Anfield on a European night. Klopp’s comments indicate that he wants the emotion of the crowd to help drag Liverpool to victory, and you can be sure Anfield, led by the Kop, will be willing. Dortmund’s atmosphere was something special, but despite having 25,000 less fans crammed inside, we can better it tomorrow – although as Klopp suggests – this’ll be much easier if we start at full pelt. Our opponents haven’t lost a match in 2016, but we outplayed them at Signal Iduna Park and will have the advantage of 43,000 Scousers screaming us on."
From the Echo, "Anfield folklore has a new, glorious tale and it's one that promises to be told through the ages. Liverpool marched triumphantly into the semi-finals of the Europa League after the most thrilling of triumphs over Borussia Dortmund. Even for a club famed for its dramatic European comebacks against the odds, this was something truly miraculous......"
From the UK Guardian, "Jürgen Klopp skipped from player to player like a giddy uncle at a wedding, Jordan Henderson bounded on to the pitch on crutches while Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren, the central-defensive saviours, continued to punch the air as they exited 10 minutes after the final whistle. One of the great European comebacks, one of the great European ties and when it was all over Anfield was a scene of delirium, disbelief and, in the Borussia Dortmund corner, utter despair. Klopp’s Liverpool have their Istanbul moment. Where to begin ......"
From ESPNFC.com, "It cannot quite be called the blueprint for an era. The night was too ragged, the ride too wild and the nerves too frayed for that. But there are times when none of that matters at all, times when common sense bears little relevance. This was a visceral, emotional evening of raw energy. It was one that showed Anfield that heavy metal football can power through by sheer force of will. It was one that became a modern classic and ended with Jurgen Klopp -- a fist-pumping, thunderous presence on the touchline when Liverpool looked down and out -- walking from the pitch mopping his brow and mimicking a throbbing heart......"
From the BBC, "Liverpool staged one of the most dramatic comebacks Anfield has seen to overcome Borussia Dortmund in a classic and reach the Europa League semi-finals. Jurgen Klopp's side were twice left needing three goals to go through in the face of Dortmund's rapier attacks - but climbed the mountain twice with Dejan Lovren's injury-time header from James Milner's cross concluding a night packed with drama and emotion....."