Jurgen Klopp reveals his reaction to the Barcelona result

Jurgen Klopp reveals his reaction to the Barcelona result

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he thought it was a “joke” when he heard the news that Barcelona lost to Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday night. 

As Liverpool locked horns with Premier League rivals Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final – winning 5-1 on aggregate – Roma were surmounting a sensational comeback over Catalan giants Barcelona.

Going into the match 4-1 down on aggregate, Eusebio Di Francesco’s men needed to win 3-0 on the night to progress to the semi-finals, and as Kostas Manolas glanced a header past Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the dying moments of the match, that feat was achieved.

Since then, Klopp has revealed his shock at hearing the results in the Italian capital.

He told reporters (according to Goal): “I walked up the stairs and someone told me.

“I thought it was a joke. Not that I don’t respect Roma, they are fantastic team. I just wasn’t expecting it, but knew it was possible.”

The German tactician also admitted his surprise that despite losing Mohamed Salah over the summer, the Giallorossi have still made it to the latter stages of Europe’s elite competition.

He continued: “They lost Mo Salah and they are in the semis – it’s a big thing!”

Liverpool and Roma will learn their fate this coming Friday afternoon, with the draw taking place in Switzerland, and they are joined by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who overcame Juventus and Sevilla respectively.

Roma’s famous victory now means the capital club have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 1984, while for Liverpool it has been exactly a decade since they last featured in this stage of the prestigious tournament.

The first leg will take place on Tuesday April 24 and Wednesday April 25, while the second leg will kick-off on Tuesday May 1 and Wednesday May 2.

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