After last Monday’s award recognition, Jurgen Klopp wrote a beautiful column about his personal experience of beating Barcelona.
Football has many special personalities that we all love having inside this world, but Jurgen Klopp’s account of beating FC Barcelona puts him at the top of the list.
The German manager is already one of the most beloved characters in the modern era, he has a magnetic way of reaching to the public that very few people had before him.
I had no idea what it was that attracted me so much to him before, but now I realize we actually have a lot in common.
Much like I do, Jurgen has to major loves of his life apart from his family. One is football and the other one is the cinema, I also happen to think that movies are just as beautiful to analyze as this sport we all love.
The Liverpool coach just wrote a wonderful column for The Players’ Tribune, which is odd because he could’ve told the same tale for The Coaches’ Voice.
But even in that decision, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t cease to amaze us. We can’t forget that he was a player before he became a manager, and he tends to live his career still as a player.
As he spoke about the analogy that links his profession with movies by using the Rocky franchise as an example.
Klopp wrote the thrilling part of the moment he considers the most incredible event in Champions League history.
We are of course talking about Trent Alexander-Arnold’s unexpected assist to Origi, the one that sealed the 4-0 at Anfield and eliminated Barcelona.
"I think 98% of football is about dealing with failure and still being able to smile and find joy in the game the next day." https://t.co/jbVfFh2p5p
— Iván Fernández (@afroxander) September 26, 2019
It all started with a substitution.
We already knew he missed the moment because he was trying to make a substitution, but we hadn’t heard the details of it until now.
“The beautiful thing about football is that you can’t do anything alone,” wrote Klopp for The Players’ Tribune.
“Anything, believe me. Unfortunately, the most incredible moment in the history of the Champions League … I didn’t actually see it.”
“Maybe this is a good metaphor for the life of a football manager, I don’t know. But I completely missed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s moment of pure genius.”
“I saw the ball go out for a corner. I saw Trent walking over to take it. I saw Shaqiri following him.”
“But then I turned my back because we were preparing to make a substitution. I was talking to my assistant, and … you know, I have goosebumps every time I think about it…”
“I just heard the noise. I turned to the pitch and I saw the ball flying into the goal. I turned back to our bench and looked at Ben Woodburn, and he said, ‘What just happened?!’ And I said, ‘I have no idea!'”
“Anfield was going — boof — absolutely crazy. I could barely hear my assistant, and he was yelling, So … do we still make the substitute?” wrote Klopp.
Klopp’s UCL winners vs. Klopp’s UCL finalists.
What a match this would be 🍿 pic.twitter.com/MemLOrtwrP
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 26, 2019
“Hahahaha! I will never forget him saying that! That will always be with me. Can you imagine?”
“Eighteen years as a manager, millions of hours watching this game, and I missed the cheekiest thing that has ever happened on a football pitch.”
“Since that night, I have probably watched the video of Divock’s goal 500,000 times. But in person, I only saw the ball hit the net.”
“When I got to my little boot room after the match, I didn’t even have a sip of beer. I didn’t need it. I sat there with a bottle of water in silence, just smiling.”
“It was a feeling that I cannot describe in words. When I got back home, my family and friends were all staying over at our house, and everyone was in a big party mood.”
“But I was so emotionally exhausted that I went up to bed by myself. My body and mind were completely empty. I had the best sleep of my life.”
“The best moment was waking up the next morning and realizing, “It’s still true. It really happened.”
“For me, football is the only thing more inspiring than the cinema. You wake up in the morning, and the magic was all real. You actually knocked down Drago. It really happened,” he concluded.
Check out our exclusive with The Best FIFA Men's Coach, the one and only Jurgen Klopp!
— #BeachSoccerWC 🏖🇵🇾 (@FIFAcom) September 25, 2019
What do you think about Jurgen Klopp’s details of the night in which Liverpool eliminated Barcelona last season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.