When Jurgen Klopp decided in 2008 to leave CSV Mainz after a failed promotion to the Bundesliga after 18 years as a player and coach, the next stop would be the Salzburg hairstyle. But the 52-year-old German, who was named FIFA 2019 world coach eight days ago in Milan, failed to reach an agreement with Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz.
Klopp climbed the ladder of his career through Borussia Dortmund to Liverpool, where he won the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur on 1 June in Madrid's Wanda Metropolitan 2: 0. -2 at Napoli at the start of the group stage are already under pressure. Tomorrow (9 pm, live skies), Austrian champion FC Salzburg, who celebrated a brilliant debut in the Premier League with a 6-2 victory over Genk, face the legendary Anfield stadium.
Nearly 3000 Salzburg fans
"This is an opponent of great quality, we have to go to the limits," says Klop, whose team is definitely talking about the home advantage. The expected 53,394 fans – including nearly 3,000 from Austria – are the "12th man". "It is the only stadium in the world that can score goals," José Mourinho once said. Bare numbers seem to confirm this. Liverpool have not lost a home game in over a year.
"The atmosphere almost blows up on you," Klopp doesn't come out of the swarm. Anfield wrote unforgettable football stories. For example, last season, when the "reds" bleed for his catch match against FC Barcelona. A 4-0 triumph after a 0-3 defeat at Camp Nou made it to the Champions League final.
Lionel Messi and Co could not believe their eyes. Clops 'full gas football' didn't miss the effect. When the coach talks about his club, his eyes are glowing: "He who doesn't love Liverpool has no heart," he said during a speech on his freestyle trainer. Now he is tackling his next mission. Liverpool FC will be the English champion for the 19th time – and for the first time in 30 years. This seems to be more important at the moment than the successful defense of "prime ministerial" titles.
The starting position is not the worst. The Reds are laughing with their white shirt (seven matches, seven wins, 18: 5 goals) from the top of the Premier League table. This also rejoices the two actors who once wore Salzburg jerseys: Sadio Manet and Nabi Keita.
Flanders flies with you
However, Liverpool should not be adamant. A recent 1-0 win over promoted Sheffield United fell into the category of "very happy". The Red Beaks from the city of Mozart, which will travel to England with recently injured Norwegian superstar Erling Fland, are awaiting opportunities. "It's an absolute highlight for all of us, we need a perfect match," Salzburg coach Essays Marsh said. Postscript: "Liverpool have almost no weak points".
LASK defender wins Anfield
We are writing August 24, 2004. GAK, the then Austrian football champion, manages the feat of triumphing in the "cauldron" of the legendary Anfield Road. Mario Tokic shoots Gracer in the third qualifying round of the Champions League in front of 42,950 spectators in the 54th minute of a 1: 0 win over Liverpool, which could overcome this defeat but. The Reds won the first match 2-0.
Nonetheless, it was a great moment for the GAK ensemble, which belonged to current LASK defender Emmanuel Pogatec. He played against the tanks Kivel, Barros and Sisse with great strength and received a yellow card. Acceptable. “It was an impressive experience. I had goose bumps, you don't forget that kind of thing for a lifetime. You can see something happening against England, ”the 36-year-old Globetrotter, who was in the Premier League for Middlesbrough and West Ham, later said.
However, the Austrian club's European Cup balance against Inseliker could be expanded. Out of 39 matches only five were won, ten were draws. English clubs have won 14 of their 16 knockout matches, with only Rapid holding the upper hand twice against Aston Villa (2009, 2010).
- Established: March 15, 1892
- Home: Anfield Stadium (capacity: 53,394 seats)
- Anthem Club: "You Will Never Go Alone"
- Club colors: red, white
- Market value of the team: 1.07 billion euros (16 legionaries,
- 17 A-Nationals)
- Arsève: Coach Jürgen Klopp; Allison Becker, Virgil Van Dyke, Jordan Henderson (captain), Sadio Manet, Mohammed Salah, Roberto Fermino
- Highlights: 2 x Champions League winners (2004/05, 2018/19), 4 x European Cup national championships, 3 x UEFA Cup,
- 4x UEFA Super Cup, 18-time English Champion (last 1989/90), seven-time FA Cup winner, eight-time League Cup triumph.
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