Jurgen Klopp filmed at 5am as Liverpool boss kept promise made at lowest ebb

At first glance, it was not immediately obvious that Jurgen Klopp had in fact come off second best on the night.

As the Liverpool manager was caught on camera bellowing in the kitchen of his Merseyside home at 5am, just hours after the 2018 Champions League final, it would not have been clear to those who hadn’t seen the game that the Reds had come up short against Real Madrid.

But rather than wallow in a cruel and frankly bizarre night at the NSC Olimpiyskiy – where 44-goal top scorer Mohamed Salah’s evening was cut short by Sergio Ramos’s skullduggery and Loris Karius endured the worst night of his life – Klopp was in no mood to be responsible about his own fortunes. Instead, as he sang along with Campino, lead singer of German band Die Toten Hosen, the Liverpool boss was defiant. He knew he and his team would be back.

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“We saw the European Cup. Madrid had all the f****** luck. We swear we’ll keep on being cool, we’ll bring it back to Liverpool!”

They were lyrics that would prove prophetic; barely a year later, Klopp’s team were champions of Europe. How they got there centered largely around a proactive and aggressive few post-Kiev weeks, where Liverpool fine-tuned their squad to take them from contenders to champions.

The final whistle had barely sounded in the final itself when Liverpool moved to bring in Fabinho from Monaco in a £40m deal before Naby Keita arrived, a year later than anticipated, for a £52m figure. Klopp had initially planned to keep faith with Karius, but more errors in the pre-season convinced everyone that a fresh start was needed. The club broke the world-record fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson Becker from Roma in July for £65m and Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City for £12m. Suddenly, a new-look squad that had signed Virgil van Dijk just a few months earlier was ready to compete.

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