Champions League: Steely's determination runs through the veins of the Reds
Pass Through The Paisley Gates Of Anfield And You Will Be Greeted By Bill Shankly's Red And White Handkerchief With Bronze, Outstretched Arms With Pride And A Gratification Feeling. Inscribed Below Are The Words" Made People Happy" . He Understood. He Made The Club Great.
With Liverpool FC, It Has Always Been On The People And Its Stage For Great European Nights. The Present Will Be The Last Day And Night Against Barcelona, When They Swept Four Past Magic Messi &cowillbecomepartof
thescriptchanges,andthesubplotsmergeintoaremarkablewhole:bit-partdivockorigiseizestheday; Supernatural Gini Emerges From The Bottle Replacing The Tireless Andrew Robertson In A Twist Of Fate; Clever, Clever Trent Steals Time Out Of Its Joint. The Kick-off Felt Like Half-time At Istanbul. Without Salah And Firmino, It Was A Face-saving. Depart With Heads Held High, If Nothing Else.
It Was Meant To Be, And How. That Was Six Minutes Of Madness. This Was 90 Minutes Of Exhilarating Football.
No Bronze Statue For Juergen Klopp Yet There Is A Huge Mural Of The Gregarious German With His Hand On Heart By A Street Artist In The Baltic Triangle Area Of the City. Written Below Are The Words, 'We Are Liverpool. This Means More '.
After The Match, The Manager Said," This Club Is The Mix Of Atmosphere, Emotion, Desire And Football Quality. Cut Off One And It Does Not Work. It's A Big Heart And I'm So Happy We Could Give The People This Experience."
Bring 'people' Into The Equation, The Scouse Mentality Of Being At Odds With The World And England Itself, The Flags Of The Fathers, The Divine Right Of European Royalty And You Have All The Good Vibrations. Klopp Had Experienced A Comeback Story Before - The 2016 Europa League Quarterfinals Against His Old Club Dortmund. Anfield Was Rocking Again On Tuesday Night, And Barcelona, who Had Cantered To The League Title And Had A Three-goal Advantage, Appeared Nervous.
And We Know The Rest.
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Liverpool Are Back At Anfield Again But The Premiership Is Not In Their Hands. The Final At The Wanda Metropolitano In Madrid, However, Is A Different Story." I'm Really Happy About Having Another Chance To Get Things Right," Was Klopp's Last Line When He Was Talking About 'crazy Hearts Pounding'. Last Year's Lessons Must Ring Right. Liverpool Were Boys Against The Men Of Madrid And Luck Did Not Favor Them. It Has Been A Spine-cracking Ride But Steely Determination Runs Through The Veins.
Their Backbone Has Been Broken Way Too Many Times In The Near Past, Be It Benitez's 2008-09 Team Or Rodgers' 'Triple-S' Of 2013-14. This Time, Their Expenditure Of 'Coutinho Money' On Giant Virgil And Steady Alisson Has Paid Dividends As Klopp Searches For The Right Proportions Of Energetic 'heavy Metal' Football, Emotions, Thunder, Skill And Fortune.
Shankly Had Eleven Exhorted:" When You Are First, You Are First; When You Are Second, You Are Nothing." The Last Manager To Deliver A Trophy At Anfield Was Kenny Dalglish In 2012. A Mention Of The 'King In The North' Evokes Images Of The Heady Paisley Days Of The 70s And 80s, Of A Run Of Four European Trophies Derailed By The Heysel Disaster, The 18th League Title.
It Also Recalls Hillsborough, The Departed 96, And The Club's Familial Connection With The Community. Match Over, The Joint Rendition Of 'You Will Never Walk Alone' Said It All. If Klopp And Liverpool Can Find The Right Balance, Every Romantic Story Will Have A Happy Ending.