Jordan Henderson has told the Daily Mail that Jürgen Klopp’s speech on the morning of their semi-final inspired their Champions League fairytale.
The captain revealed how the squad met at their hotel on the morning of the second leg against Barcelona.
Klopp spoke to the squad and immediately struck a chord with the players, inspiring them to an historic 4-0 win.
Henderson said: “The manager’s speech on the morning changed everything.
“We had a meeting at Hope Street Hotel, the base we use before every home game, and he said to us:
“’What we need to do tonight I would say is impossible but, because it is you, there is a chance.’
“He had us straightaway. All through the day I was thinking to myself: Anfield… the crowd… an early goal: maybe?”
It’s clear then that Klopp’s words were ringing in the players’ ears in the build-up to the Barcelona game.
The German has had an unprecedented impact since arriving at Liverpool back in 2015 and this is further testament to this.
Liverpool have been on an upward curve ever since, and the victory over Barcelona was one of Klopp’s finest achievements.
When he arrived, there was a bit of a cloud hanging over Anfield, something that Klopp noticed himself.
His now famous ‘doubters to believers’ line gave Reds everywhere hope he’d be the man to turn things around.
Fast-forward four years, and that’s exactly what Klopp’s managed to do – turn those doubts into belief.
Although Liverpool fell just a point short of Premier League glory, they made significant strides compared to last season.
They made up a 25 point gap on them from the previous season, which is a monumental improvement.
Now, they’re in their second successive Champions League final, and those believers are really now believing silverware is imminent.
All Klopp needs to fulfil his prophecy at Anfield is a trophy, and 1 June represents the perfect opportunity.