England Rugby head coach Eddie Jones has recalled his experience of Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals back in May.
The Australian born coach was present as a spectator during Anfield’s greatest ever night as Jurgen Klopp’s side overturned a 3-0 deficit to reach their second successive Champions League final.
After leading England to their first Rugby World Cup final since 2007 earlier in November, Jones spoke to talkSPORT (21/11/2019) and confirmed that the greatest sporting match he’s ever witnessed was not even during a game of rugby.
Despite being the man to inspire England’s greatest ever World Cup performance against the All Blacks in the 2019 semi-finals last month, Jones confirmed the greatest sporting match he has ever seen was in-fact Liverpool’s defiance against the La Liga champions before going on to claim a sixth European Cup.
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Speaking to talkSPORT about his experience in the Anfield crowd, Jones said: “Last game I saw was that Champions League semi”
“Liverpool vs Barcelona at Anfield. The best sporting event I’ve been to!
“It was just the atmosphere; I remember walking off and the girls who served the dinner are crying…just the total emotion that ground has is incredible.”
It’s hard to disagree with Jones following on from Liverpool’s most complete performance of all time. The two-time World Cup finalist has masterminded some of English sports finest moments and to receive praise from such an icon is a huge compliment.
With Liverpool’s current pedigree as champions of Europe and Premier League leaders, it can be tempting to live in the moment and forget what has previously come to pass. However, Jones’ tribute to the Red’s defiance showcases why sport is about seizing the moment.
England were never expected to get past back-to-back World Cup holders New Zealand and yet Jones inspired a similar remedy of defiance to take the national team to a first final in 12 years.
Both Klopp and Jones inherited similar squads during their appointments in 2015. The two sporting heavyweights were massive underachievers when the managerial duo took over so to hear such praise from the former Japan head coach speaks volumes to the miraculous achievements under Liverpool’s German manager.