Jurgen Klopp opens up on Liverpool’s plan against Barcelona in famous comeback

With a mountain to climb and a three-goal deficit to overturn, Jurgen Klopp had to choose his words wisely ahead of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final second leg vs Barcelona in 2019.

More importantly, his tactics would have to be absolutely perfect if his side were to do the unthinkable.

It had been dubbed an almost impossible mission, with Liverpool further hampered by injuries to Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

But if anyone was going to believe Liverpool could seal their passage to the final, Klopp knew, in front of an Anfield crowd, there was always a glimmer of hope.

His pre-match team talk has since been hailed as the inspiration behind Liverpool's miraculous comeback, as he told his players: "The world outside is saying it is not possible. And let’s be honest, it’s probably impossible. But because it’s you? Because it’s you, we have a chance."

And speaking to former Reds defender Jamie Carragher, Klopp detailed exactly what Liverpool's strategy was to give the Lionel Messi and co. the perfect welcome.

“The plan was to jump in Barcelona’s face from the first second, so if we failed, we failed in our own way,” Klopp explained in Carragher's new book The Greatest Games (via The Telegraph ). "We had nothing to lose that night. We wanted to make Barcelona uncomfortable from the first kick. And that is what we did."

A goal from Divock Origi just seven minutes gave Liverpool the perfect start as Anfield roared their team on.

But it wasn't until substitute Georginio Wijnaldum came off the bench to fire two quick-fire goals to draw the tie level that the tide really swung in the home side's favour.

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Cue Trent Alexander-Arnold's clever corner and Origi's first-time finish to seal a night to remember for the Merseyside club.

Liverpool went on to lift the trophy in what was a largely forgettable final against Tottenham, which has been superseded, in many ways, by memories of the conquering of Barcelona.

“So far in my life, it is the greatest game I was ever part of, and one of the greatest ever, for sure," Klopp added.

"Maybe it was not against the Barcelona of Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta, but they were good enough to win the competition and good enough to beat us. But not good enough to beat the team they faced at Anfield that night."

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