Champions League semifinal is special for Klopp

Jurgen Klopp said it is “special” for Liverpool to be preparing for a Champions League semi-final against Villarreal at Anfield on Wednesday.

It is the third time in five seasons Klopp has led Liverpool to the last four of Europe’s elite competition.

Liverpool are in contention to win the quadruple this season having already lifted the League Cup, while reaching the final of the FA Cup.

“Each game should feel like a final,” said Klopp.

“It is absolutely special to be a part of the semi-final, it’s crazy. It’s a massive game.”

“So many coaches and players work their socks off their whole life and don’t get a chance to be close to a semi-final.”

“We are there so we have to cherish it and enjoy it as well.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said what the team have achieved under Klopp so far is “very special” but there is “still a long way to go” as they bid to win the quadruple.

“I know how quickly football can change. People talk about the things we can win but we know [if we have] a couple of bad games it can all be over,” he said.

“It’s about keeping focus on the next game, the next challenge – whatever the competition – and see where we are at the end of the season.”

Liverpool could face Manchester City – who they trail by a point in the Premier League title race – in the final should both teams progress from their respective semi-finals.

But Klopp said Liverpool will not underestimate Spain’s Villarreal, who knocked out Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals and Juventus in the last 16.

“We face a very difficult opponent. They are made for the competition, the way they set-up is really good,” the German added.

“There might have been a little advantage in their last two games where Juventus or maybe Bayern Munich might have underestimated them – but that will never happen to us, especially after these four games, there’s no chance anymore.

“They are a really good football team who obviously want to be a part of the final but it’s the same importance for us.”

Klopp lost to Villarreal manager Unai Emery, who was in charge of Sevilla at the time, in the 2015-16 Europa League final during his first season at Liverpool.

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