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Coach Klopp ecstatic after Liverpool hold Italians at bay

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JerJurgen Klopp saluted his Liverpool heroes as they survived a semi-final thriller against Roma to book a Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid.

Klopp’s side emerged victorious from a goal-packed Champions League semi-final, winning 7-6 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 4-2 in Rome on Wednesday.

Liverpool were in control at 2-1 up, but Roma scored three times after the interval, although their last goal came with virtually the final kick of a record-breaking tie. It was the highest scoring semi-final in the Champions League era and Reds boss Klopp admitted there was a little bit too much drama for his liking. “It was just crazy.

I forgot the score! It was 7-6 right? Unbelievable!” Klopp said. “The game was wild. They took all the risks and we punished it with the counter-attack but then we gave away a goal.

“We were a little too patient. We are usually much better, you know this. “It was the first semi-final for most of the boys so it’s normal to have to keep nerves in. “It was a little bit exciting, more exciting than I actually wanted.” Although Klopp would have preferred a less heart-stopping evening, he was adamant Liverpool’s place in the final was just reward for their superb 5-2 first-leg win.

“We are deserved finalists 100 percent. You don’t come without luck. We needed it only one time tonight. Real Madrid needed luck yesterday too. That’s how it is,” he said. “The boys deserve it, the character they showed, the football they showed.” – AFP

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