Jurgen Klopp: would be ‘lost’ without Liverpool’s young players, overwhelmed by fans in the stadium

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said the club would be “lost” without Liverpool’s young players who have stepped up and filled the void left by their injured stars.

The Premier League champions have suffered a lengthy casualty list this term with ‘wall of China’ Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez potentially out for the rest of the season.

The likes of Thiago, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita, Alisson, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and James Milner have also spent time on the touchline, and Klopp looked to the club’s younger players to help fill the void in the team of the champions.

Would be ‘lost’ without Liverpool’s young players

“We had some problems injury-wise, we lost top, top, top-class players to injuries and so it’s one door closed and another opens up,” Klopp said. “You still need the right kids to use the chance. All the boys did it really good.”

“What Rhys Williams has done in the Champions League is exceptional, what Nate Phillips did when he played Premier League was exceptional. Neco [Williams] has played two really good games in a row. Curtis [Jones] plays like he’s played 10 years for us. Caoimhin [Kelleher] has had the chance to show his talent on the big stage and he’s used that opportunity.”

“Without them, we’d have been lost, to be honest. Thank God it worked out.”

“When we came out, we all had goosebumps. I had no idea how it would feel. It was perfect. The noise, what the people did, they were on their toes, you could see and feel and smell. They had waited so long for it,” he said.

Return of fans in Anfield gave Klopp goosebumps

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club’s faithful had not been able to see their team play and to see Liverpool’s young players in their famous old stadium since March 11, when Liverpool was dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, but on Sunday 2,000 Reds fans roared them on to victory and supported squad full of Liverpool’s young players in the victory.


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“Wasn’t it the perfect night? Imagine 10 months ago people would have told us we would have a game and 2,000 people would turn up,” he told broadcasters Amazon Prime while talking about fans in the stadiums.

“When we came out, we all had goosebumps. I had no idea how it would feel. It was perfect. The noise, what the people did, they were on their toes, you could see and feel and smell. They had waited so long for it,” he said.

The 53-year-old enjoys a great relationship with the club’s fans after running a successful campaign of winning UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, FIFA CWC and the most sought after – English Premier League in a single season –

“The game, the atmosphere, it was so nice. I had goosebumps. They started ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ — really nice. I never knew it could feel that good,” Klopp said, his voice welling up with emotion after seeing the club’s faithful in the stands after nine months of uncalled situation.”

“This [the pandemic] started in February, and we were waiting to get normality back. Normality is good — I don’t think we appreciated it as much. It was very very touching,” he added.

31st victory in 32 home games

The victory was Liverpool’s 31st in their last 32 home league games, and Klopp hopes that the fans are back to stay and will continue to support Liverpool’s young player and the team.

“It is so much more enjoyable with people involved,” he said.

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