Virgil van Dijk reveals Jurgen Klopp’s half-time message to inspire Liverpool’s Champions League resumption

The Reds were 2-0 down on the evening and level on aggregate after 45 minutes in Spain, with Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin scoring the goals as Villarreal caused huge problems for Liverpool.

It was a hole they dug themselves from, Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane scoring the goals after the break to seal a third Champions League final in five seasons with a 3-2 win on the night and a 5- 2. overall.

While this was a dramatic turnaround from Liverpool, it wasn’t necessarily a particularly messy team talk from Klopp.

“Play football, play the Liverpool way,” Van Dijk said of the half-time message.

“Play like we’ve done all season. Get on the ball, have a lot of movement in the box and behind the high line. But also show how badly you really want to go to the final. That’s how it starts.

“In the second half we dominated and we played so well.”

He added: “In the first half, we didn’t play football. There wasn’t enough movement so we made the wrong decisions and then you lose the ball in tough situations. The first goal after three minutes put even more pressure on us

“If we focus on the first half when we go to Paris, I think we are hard on ourselves. What we have done this season cannot be taken for granted.

The win keeps Liverpool’s hopes of an unprecedented treble going. They have already gone further in their quest than any other English team in history.

Once again though, Van Dijk played down the focus on winning all four trophies and insisted it’s not something the Liverpool squad think about.

“If you listen to all of us and the manager, it’s pretty obvious that we don’t think about these things,” Van Dijk said.

“It really is like that. It is useless. You can dream, but you have to be realistic. You saw tonight we struggled in the first half and we could have been knocked out.

“It’s football, small margins make the difference. We play the final to win it, hopefully it will be a fantastic day again with our fans. It’s something I really look forward to. »

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