Jurgen Klopp, Likens The “Thunderstorm” Luton Victory To The Champions League Comeback Of Barcelona in 2019

Virgil van Dijk, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz, and Harvey Elliott scored at Anfield following Chiedozie Ogbene’s first goal as Liverpool overcame Luton 4-1 to take a four-point lead atop the Premier League. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said, “The second half was a thunderstorm.” Whoa!”

Jurgen Klopp, Likens The "Thunderstorm" Luton Victory To The Champions League Comeback Of Barcelona in 2019

The “Thunderstorm” Luton Victory To The Champions League Comeback Of Barcelona

In his team talks, Jurgen Klopp said that Liverpool’s performance in the second half of their victory against Luton on Wednesday resembled a “thunderstorm” and will take the place of the historic comeback against Barcelona in 2019.

After falling to a header from Chiedozie Ogbene in the 12th minute, Klopp’s team looked different with goals from Harvey Elliott, Virgil van Dijk, Cody Gakpo, and Luis Diaz to even the season score at 100.

While it did not approach the magnitude of their Champions League semi-final comeback after losing the first leg 3-0 to Barcelona, it was vital in the championship battle since it increased their advantage over Manchester City to four points even though they had played one more game.

Liverpool’s complete injury list

  • Mo Salah’s hamstring
  • Darwin Nunez – Muscle
  • Diogo Jota – Knee
  • Curtis Jones – Ankle
  • Joel Matip’s knee
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold – Knee
  • Dominik Szoboszlai – thigh
  • Thiago – Thigh
  • Alisson’s hamstring


  • Stefan Bajcetic – Unknown


  • Ben Doak’s knee

“Tonight is one of those evenings where it’s hard to stop chatting. I am overjoyed,” added Klopp, who was without 11 first-team players, including attackers Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez, who are uncertain for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea, broadcast live on Sky Sports.

“We had to overlook the fact that we were 1-0 down and focus on what we did well, such as improving our counter-press. The second half featured a rainstorm. Wow.

“I’ll be mentioning this game frequently from now on. I told my squad a few months ago that I would never reference or use the Barcelona game as an example, and today I broke that commitment.

“It was similar before the game. There are many missing players and such. I want us to disregard the fact that someone is absent, just like the squad did at the time.

“That is problematic because the public only found out about who was missing tonight. It’s like… When I received all of the news, it took me a few minutes to digest it.

“But from that point on, knowing how to cope with it and figure it out for this game feels great. That’s what I wanted the lads to show.

“Here’s an example tonight. This is their Barcelona, now facing Luton. A challenging scenario with plenty of excuses to give up in moments: not tonight, and I only saw a supergroup battling.

“If you don’t confine yourself to negative beliefs, you can soar. And that is what the lads did.

Luton head coach Rob Edwards, whose team impressed in the first half, agreed that scoring early made their task more difficult.

“We just made them angry,” he added. “Overall, it was a great first half. Second half, I believe we witnessed Anfield, Liverpool, and their full-throttle football. Their counter-pressing football was fantastic.

“In the end, it was a fantastic learning experience for us to discover what the greatest looks like. I understand they were missing several players, but their second-half effort was among the finest I’ve seen.

“I thought we were very good.” “They were better.”

Liverpool’s victory in statistics

  • Liverpool has recovered 22 Premier League points from losing positions this season, more than any other team and the joint-most in a single season (22 in 2008-09).
  • Liverpool announced their youngest starting XI for a Premier League game in February 2018 against Southampton, with an average age of 25 years and 68 days (24y 355d).
  • Luton and Sheffield United are the only two Premier League teams that have failed to maintain a clean sheet away from home this season. This season, the Hatters have shipped 29 goals in 12 away games in the league, which is the joint-highest total of any team on the road, alongside Bournemouth and Sheffield United.
  • Virgil van Dijk equalized after 125 seconds, and Cody Gakpo put Liverpool up 2-1 against Luton.

Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, likens the "thunderstorm" Luton victory to the Champions League comeback of Barcelona in 2019


During Liverpool’s “thunderstorm” second-half comeback to defeat Luton 4-1, manager Jurgen Klopp recalled the club’s epic victory over Barcelona in 2019. Seven hours ago. Klopp guided Liverpool to consecutive UEFA Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019, winning the latter over Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool began the 2018-19 season with the best league start in the club’s history, winning the first six games.

Source: Sky Sports

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