Jurgen Klopp was one of many spectators who thought he’d stop watching Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final against Milan at half-time, but he knows his side won’t be able to pull the plug in a tough group in this season.
Liverpool faced AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, who eliminated the Reds two seasons ago, and Porto in Group B.
The Rossoneri welcome the Rossoneri to Anfield on Wednesday in the rematch of the Istanbul final, where Liverpool recovered 3-0 at half-time by beating Milan on penalties.
And Klopp will certainly be more interested in this bout than he had during the intermission of Liverpool’s most famous European triumph, with his side poised to play a Champions League clash in front of fans for the first time since their defeat to Liverpool. ‘Atletico in 2020.
Asked about his experience watching the 2005 show, Klopp told a press conference: “I was thinking about not watching the second half because everyone in the world thought this game could be decided.
“What I remember are some amazing rescues of [Jerzy] Dudek, had to keep them in the game, Milan could have scored more.
“It has become one of the greatest football sensations ever. I was really glad I didn’t turn off the television. “
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Last season they finished second behind Inter in Serie A, having led most of the season and boasting three wins out of three at the start of the new season.
Porto are holders of the Champions League which eliminated Juventus in the round of 16 in 2020-21, while Atletico hope to finally add the continental first prize to the LaLiga title they won last season, after taking 10 points in four games to start. his defense.
On the task facing his part in the group, Klopp said: “It’s a difficult group. I don’t think when we saw it one of us said it was a great group. It’s tough, come on. Atletico, Porto, usually champions in Portugal. Milan, great history at the best moment in years, this is the real Champions League.
“We worked very hard to be a part of it and that’s what we get. It has been a long time since we played a Champions League game at home, now we have the opportunity to experience the atmosphere Anfield is able to produce. We’ve talked a lot in the past about European nights at Anfield and can’t wait to experience it.
“This group will be exciting from the first second to the last second. Between these matches we have a very important competition but that’s exactly what we wanted. Incredible stadiums, large crowds, all that kind of thing. It’s exactly how we want football. “
Liverpool will be without Harvey Elliott in the long term after suffering a serious ankle injury in Sunday’s victory at Leeds United, with Klopp confirming he will be operated on Tuesday.
“I talked to him after the game, he was in the best possible place. He knew he would be out for a while, “Klopp said.” Today he is in London and today he will be operated on. This is the next step and we await news of it. “