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Klopp Explains Liverpool Squad Burst Up Behind Aston Villa Fight Back

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, embracing Jordan Henderson at the end of the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on November 02, 2019 (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Villa Park has seen a mixed bag of results over the years for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as he prepares for his final Premier League away fixture with his club.

In 2016 it started with a 6-0 thumping – though Aston Villa made sure to return the favour five years later in that memorable 7-2 win. But in between those, there was one of the Reds boss’ most joyous outings in England.

November 2019, the home side looked destined to end the runaway league leaders’ undefeated streak but with three minutes of regulation time to go up popped Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane to complete a last-ditch turnaround. A week later they downed Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Anfield to go nine points clear and eventually stormed their way to the title.

“That game when we won 2-1, at half-time there was a little situation in the dressing room,” a smiling Reds manager explained. “There was a little argument between players, two players actually. But you will not get the names from me!

“It was no problem, it was just a situation. That’s how it should be to turn it around. That group of players was really special. We could calm it down and then we turned the game around, which was really, really special.

“That’s when you go for absolutely everything, everything is on the edge, then these kind of things can happen. As long as we settled as quick as possible, we turned it around with two really special goals, Sadio with the header. We really wanted it, the boys really wanted it. It was a very important one and it was a great feeling after the game.”

Klopp has overseen 237 English top-flight fixtures to date over the of the last nine years, winning 91 of those on the road. Villa Park is an apt location for his final travelling fixture as bar Anfield, his side have won there more times than at any other Premier League ground.

It shouldn’t be an easy task despite the occasion given Villa will want to wrap up Champions League qualification for good, whilst in the home team’s dugout is ‘one of the best in business’, Unai Emery, according to Klopp himself.

AFP

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