‘It means so much to all of us’: Tearful James Milner gets a hug from Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool players are overcome with emotion after sealing second successive Champions League final appearance after Barcelona win
- Liverpool’s players were left in tears after their win over Barcelona on Tuesday
- Jurgen Klopp ran over to hug James Milner after the final whistle was blown
- The club defied the odds to win 4-0 after losing the first-leg 3-0 in Barcelona
- REPORT: Liverpool produce one of their finest performances to seal final place
Liverpool’s players were reduced to tears after pulling off what many thought was impossible, coming back from 3-0 down in the tie against Barcelona to reach the Champions League final.
The Reds harnessed the emotionally-charged atmosphere inside a packed Anfield and simply overwhelmed Lionel Messi and Co as braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum sealed a second successive Champions League final.
Jurgen Klopp was a bundle of energy at the end as his players struggled to keep back the tears and the German soon showed his man-management skills as he raced to comfort each of them individually.
Jurgen Klopp showed his qualities as a manager as he raced over to console his tearful stars
James Milner was in tears as he hugged his manager after a dramatic Champions League night
Liverpool defied the odds to beat Barcelona and reach the Champions League final in Madrid
James Milner is in tears, Klopp runs over and gives him a hug!
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James Milner, an experienced player in Liverpool’s ranks, was in tears as he went over to clap the supporters and after being spotted by Klopp, the midfielder was soon in a bear hug with his manager.
Speaking about the emotional embrace with Milner at the final whistle, Klopp told BT Sport: ‘I saw James Milner crying on the pitch after the game. It means so much to all of us. It’s the best phase of football.
‘There are more important things in the world. But creating this emotional atmosphere together is so special. It’s all about the players.’
The Liverpool manager was the only one who seemed to keep emotions in check at the end
Georginio Wijnaldum, who hit a brace in the 4-0 win, tried to wipe his tears away at the end
This is what it means. This is passion. This is pride. This is Liverpool in the Champions League final. pic.twitter.com/tqpGxFhRoU
Milner was not alone in being overwhelmed by the occasion – arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever European night at Anfield – as Wijnaldum, one of the heroes in red on the night, also caught crying.
Liverpool have had famous European nights in the past with many entering the stadium hoping for a repeat of Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Olympiacos in 2004 or the thrilling 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
They made a perfect start when Origi got the opening goal after seven minutes and despite being taken to half-time with the score at just 1-0, the second 45 minutes was among the finest Liverpool have played in Klopp’s tenure.
The magnitude of the occasion was not lost on anyone and it was no surprise that the tears flowed at full-time.
Fabinho made no attempt to keep his tears under control as he raced into the arms of goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who was colossal on the night making a host of crucial saves from Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.
Fabinho made no attempt to disguise his crying as he raced to celebrate with his goalkeeper
Alisson Becker (right) was the shoulder for Fabinho to cry on after the final whistle was blown
By reaching a second successive Champions League final, Klopp’s side will have the chance to go one better than 2018 when they were beaten in Kiev by Real Madrid.
Klopp could barely gather his thoughts in the immediate aftermath as he added: ‘The whole game was too much. It was overwhelming.
‘We played against maybe the best team in world. Winning is difficult but winning with a clean sheet, I don’t know they did it. It’s unbelievable.
‘The mix of potential and unbelievable heart is just a mix I never saw before. You have to be confident in a game like this. Divock (Origi) and (Xherdan) Shaq didn’t play a lot.
‘Putting a performance in like that, it was so important. It shows what’s possible in football. It’s so nice. It’s really nice.’
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