Liverpool’s ‘mentality is phenomenal – they don’t know when they’re beaten’, hails Chris Sutton – who cites Jurgen Klopp’s mindset as their catalyst for success after overcoming Villarreal to reach the Champions League final
- Liverpool beat Villarreal 5-2 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final
- Liverpool blew a two-goal aggregate in the second leg to be level at half-time
- However, they regrouped after the break and dominated Villarreal to advance
The plaudits for Liverpool continue to roll in as their quadruple quest continues, with Chris Sutton hailing their resilience.
The Reds remain on course to win four trophies this season after reaching the reaching Champions League final on Tuesday night – beating Villarreal 5-2 on aggregate.
However, that possibility looked in doubt after they squandered a two-nil aggregate lead to be pegged back at 2-2 after the Spanish side fought back in the first half of the second leg.
Chris Sutton has hailed Liverpool’s ‘phenomenal’ mentality after reaching the Champions League final once again on Tuesday night following their win over Villarreal
Sutton attributed their mentality to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for instilling it within his stars
But Liverpool demonstrated their quality and composure by regrouping at half-time to score three goals in the second half and put the result beyond doubt.
And speaking about that 45-minute display, Sportsmail columnist Sutton hailed their mindset led by the manager Jurgen Klopp.
‘It’s an enormous achievement. Their mentality is phenomenal,’ he said during his co-commentary on BBC 5 Live.
‘It comes from the manager and it’s a fantastic group of players who don’t know when they’re beaten. The resilience wouldn’t surprise any of us. It’s about finding a way. This team are excellent at it. Now it’s about finishing off the season.
‘It’s OK playing in every game but they’ve come so far there will be a determination to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup and make it a clean sweep.
Sutton insists Liverpool ‘responded brilliantly’ by trailing 2-0 in the second leg to score three
‘There would have been big disappointment in the Liverpool dressing room at half-time. The players would know they’d underperformed and been off the pace.
‘In the back of their minds they probably would have been aware Villarreal couldn’t keep that intensity up.
‘This is a different Liverpool to recent years because they have that strength in depth, the ability to make changes. Salah, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Thiago were on the bench at the weekend. This is why they’re getting stronger and stronger rand stronger.
‘The first 45 minutes was just a blip. It happens sometimes and it’s how you respond and they responded brilliantly.’
Liverpool will now turn their attentions to the Premier League again on Saturday when they host Tottenham.
Having won the Carabao Cup in February, the Reds also have a FA Cup (May 14 against Chelsea) and Champions League final (May 28 against either Real Madrid or Manchester City) to look forward to later this month.
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