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Klopp compares Luton win to 2019 UCL Barcelona comeback 


Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s second-half resurgence against Luton on Wednesday as akin to a “thunderstorm,” vowing to draw inspiration from the match for future team talks, surpassing even the legendary Barcelona comeback of 2019.

Addressing the initial setback of Chiedozie Ogbene’s early header, Klopp’s side mounted a formidable response post-interval, with Virgil van Dijk, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz, and Harvey Elliott contributing to Liverpool’s season tally of 100 goals.

Despite falling short of the sheer magnitude of their Champions League semi-final triumph against Barcelona, Klopp emphasized its pivotal role in the ongoing title race, extending their lead over Manchester City to four points, albeit with an additional game played.

“Tonight is one of those nights where it is difficult to stop talking. I am so happy,” said Klopp, who was without 11 first-team players including forwards Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez who remain doubtful for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea, live on Sky Sports.

“We had to ignore the fact we were 1-0 down and use the things that are good and improve the counter-press. The second half was a thunderstorm. Wow.

“I will mention this game from now quite a few times. I promised my team a few months ago that I would never mention or use the Barcelona game as an example and I used it again today so I broke my promise.

“Just because before the game, it was kind of similar. Many players missing, stuff like this. The team that time ignored the fact who is missing and I want us to ignore the fact who is missing.

“That is difficult because the public got the whole knowledge of who is missing only tonight. It’s like… I needed a few minutes to process it when I got all the news.

“But from that moment on, when you know how you can deal with it and sort it for this game, it feels really good. That is what I wanted the boys to show.

“This is an example tonight. This is their Barcelona, now against Luton. A difficult situation, plenty of reasons to give up in moments: not tonight and I saw only a super group fighting.

“If you don’t limit yourself with bad thoughts, you can fly. And that’s what the boys did.”

Reflecting on the game, Luton head coach Rob Edwards conceded Liverpool’s dominance, particularly in the second half, describing it as a valuable learning experience for his team.

While Luton showcased promise in the first half, their early goal only seemed to invigorate Liverpool’s intensity, epitomizing their trademark high-pressing style.

Despite recognizing Liverpool’s superiority, Edwards lauded his team’s effort, acknowledging the evident gap between their level and Liverpool’s at full throttle.

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