Liverpool Assistant Manager Reflects On The 2018 UCL Final

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As Liverpool prepare for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday, revenge will be on their minds. The Merseyside outfit lost 3-1 to the same opponents 4 years ago. Two errors from then goalkeeper Loris Karius and a Gareth Bale wondergoal sealed the deal for Los Blancos’ 13th Champions League trophy.

Speaking to The Athletic, Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz reveals what happened after the game on that fateful night.

Imagine that you get in there and one guy has already been to the hospital and is now back, in pain and crying. And then you hear your opponents celebrating.

It is obvious that the player mentioned above is Mohammed Salah. The Egyptian was on fire upon his return to England that season. He broke the record for the most goals in a 38 game season, netting 32 goals. However, he was controversially injured by Sergio Ramos in the final, who escaped without any consequences. His absence clearly affected Liverpool, who went on to lose the final. But they came back stronger next year. After a historic comeback against Barcelona in the semi-final, they beat Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano to clinch their 6th Champions League title.

Revenge On The Minds Of Liverpool

Another event of that night which irked Krawietz after the game was the conduct of the referees post-game. He claims that they were partying in the adjacent room after the match. One of those referees, Clement Turpin, is ironically the one who is officiating Saturday’s game in Paris.

 the dressing room next door, the referees are celebrating as well. I don’t know why, but they were singing and partying, with a case of beer. For us, it was awful. Finding the right reaction is tough. But that’s all part of it. 

Jurgen Klopp’s “mentality monsters” are a special team. They overcame the heartbreak of Kyiv with a superb 98 point league season and a Champions League title. The following season they won the Premier League as well, ending a 30-year drought for the club. They would once again be up for it against Madrid after narrowly missing out on the Premier League by a single point to Manchester City, and Karim Benzema and co. should be well vary of their threat.

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