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Champions League: Liverpool played crazy football, says Jurgen Klopp


2018.05.03 05:22

Jurgen Klopp said his Liverpool team have played "crazy" football to reach the Champions League final, after a thrilling 7-6 aggregate win over Roma.

The Reds lost 4-2 in the second leg in the Italian capital but still advanced to face Real Madrid in Kiev on 26 May.

Klopp described the game as "wild", adding: "It was a little bit exciting - more exciting than I actually wanted.

"It was the first semi-final for most of the players so it was normal to have to keep nerves in."

Liverpool won the first leg at Anfield 5-2 and Klopp insisted they were "100% deserved finalists", although he admitted they ultimately needed a bit of luck to get through the semi-final.

"You dont come without luck. We needed it only one time tonight. Real Madrid needed luck too. Thats how it is," he told BT Sport.

"The boys deserve it, the mentality, character and football they showed - it was just crazy."

Liverpool have already won the European Cup five times - more than any other club in English football.

Their most recent victory came in 2005, when they recovered from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.

How good has Liverpools campaign been?

    Mohamed Salah (10), Roberto Firmino (10) and Sadio Mane (9) are now the highest scoring trio for a club in a single Champions League season - overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for Real Madrid in 2013-14.
    Liverpool have scored 20 away goals in the Champions League this season, a joint-record in a single campaign in the competition (level with Real Madrid 2013-14).
    The Reds also became the third team to score 40 goals within a single season in the Champions League, after Barcelona (45 in 1999-00) and Real Madrid (41 in 2013-14).
    Liverpool were the first team to score a Champions League goal away to Roma all season.
    The Reds are the only team to score five or more goals in four games in a single Champions League season.
    They were the only side still unbeaten in the Champions League ahead of the semi-final second leg in Rome (W7 D4)
    Liverpool have reached their eighth European Cup/Champions League final (first since 2007), at least three more than any other English side.
    With 13 goals over the two legs, this is the highest ever scoring Champions League semi-final, overtaking Monaco vs Juventus (4-6) in 1998.

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