Jurgen Klopp never had much time for the FA Cup, but that things this season are ‘special’, and he made sure the traveling Liverpool supporters at Wembley knew that.
Klopp’s punches at the end of Anfield Kop have become a trademark, but at Wembley today there were plenty of nerves they wouldn’t arrive.
A stunning first half against Manchester City saw Liverpool take a 3-0 lead and look set for a comfortable win and passage to the final.
However, goals from Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva at either end of the second 45 gave Wembley’s red half a thrilling end to a thrilling display.
Klopp was finally able to unite with his adoring fans after the full-time whistle, despite a bluff that he was heading for the tunnel, he gave the traveling Kop exactly what they wanted.
“Yes, it was a special performance,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s not like we had an easy path to all sorts of things since I’ve been manager of Liverpool, even the season we became champions, it was like ‘OK, so put on a pandemic’.
“Today obviously the first half was one of the best we’ve ever played. It was absolutely amazing.
“We closed all the gaps that City usually use, we improved a lot from the last game with all those places behind, which was obviously very important, and we scored some incredible goals, which was very helpful, but we never thought the game was over, we knew City were still here.
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“But the fact that they were so good in the second half makes it even more special to be honest because we didn’t beat a City side that didn’t want no they wanted so that makes it even more more special.”
Five wins in this year’s edition of the FA Cup equals Klopp’s totals in the previous six years combined, where he has never managed to get past the fifth round.
Now, however, the Reds return to Wembley and could well add to their trophy following a Carabao Cup victory in February.
However, Liverpool fans have a special place in their hearts for the Premier League trophy, and another title would bring them back to 20 league level with their fiercest rival, Manchester United.
Talk of a quadruple will only increase with time, but as far as the league is concerned, Klopp can’t think of a worse opponent to follow.
He explained: “The Premier League is seven games for both teams.
“One point behind that team you saw today there with some injury issues, [Kyle] Walker not there Kevin De Bruyne not there.
“Being behind another team, I would be more confident than being a point behind City.”
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