Villarreal may be carrying a slender lead into the second leg of their Europa League semi-final with Liverpool, but the Spanish side will have a serious fight on their hands when they visit Anfield tomorrow. European nights on Merseyside have always been a special thing and when the Reds need a little extra push, the fans are more than happy to oblige.
“The atmosphere in the stadium against Dortmund was amazing and afterwards we had that game against Everton as well,” said Liverpool ‘keeper Simon Mignolet. “The fans are there to push us on and forward, and that’s very nice to play in,” enthused the Belgian shot-stopper, full of praise for the Reds boisterous support. “You want to play these big games and feel the pressure and the atmosphere in the ground, that’s why you became a football player when you were a kid.”
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There’s countless examples of the Kop helping the team over the final hurdle, but one only needs to look to the previous round for one of the most poignant. Two goals down to Borussia Dortmund before the first half was out, the Anfield outfit roared back to win 4-3 and knock the tournament favorites out of the competition with the support of the fans unwavering throughout.
“I have not enough words for this. It’s one of the things in life you cannot buy,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the press when asked about the atmosphere at Anfield. “Feeling things like this is the most special [thing], I think that’s the main thing of football. These moments when you really know we are all together,” explained the charismatic German, full of passion and vigor. “It is a moment – I don’t want to make it too big to be honest – but it’s a moment only [in] football,” beamed Klopp, before adding, “It’s a moment for the whole Liverpool world, all the fans around the world.”