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UCL: What Jurgen Klopp told us – Van Dijk opens up after Liverpool 3-2 win over Villarreal

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed the precise words said by manager Jurgen Klopp at halftime after the Reds were defeated 2-0 by Villarreal in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Spain.

The Reds had to come from behind to overcome Villarreal 3-2 (5-2) on aggregate to earn their spot in the final, where they would await the winner of the second semi-final encounter between Real Madrid and Manchester City on Wednesday.

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Boulaye Dia opened the scoring in the third minute, while Francis Coquelin doubled the lead in the 41st minute at El Madrigal.

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However, the Spaniards were unable to continue their first-half dominance, as Liverpool scored three goals in the second half, thanks to Fabinho, Sadio Mane, and Luis Diaz.

Asked what Klopp told them at half-time, the Dutchman said “[He told us] play football. Play the Liverpool way, how we’ve basically played all season.

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“Get on the ball, have a lot of movements behind their high line. With the speed we have, we had to mix it up.

“But also, you have to show how much you really want to go to the final, that’s how it starts. Second half, we dominated and played so well.”



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