Jurgen Klopp has admitted he never actually saw Divock Origi score the decisive goal that meant Liverpool beat Barcelona to book their place in last season’s Champions League final.
With 11 minutes remaining at Anfield on May 7, Trent Alexander-Arnold spotted Origi unmarked in the six-yard box from a corner.
Aided by some quick thinking and even quicker action, Alexander-Arnold curled in the set-piece and picked out the Belgium international to sweep home his second goal of the match.
Origi’s strike sealed a remarkable 4-0 win, completing a 4-3 aggregate victory and a truly stunning comeback given the Reds were without key players Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the night.
The goal will live long in the memory and is already among the most famous of moments to have occurred throughout Anfield’s storied history, but one man inside the stadium didn’t even see the stunning incident.
In fact, Jurgen Klopp wasn’t even looking at the pitch when Alexander-Arnold curled his corner into the box for Origi to lash home.
Writing in The Players’ Tribune, Klopp wrote: “Unfortunately, the most incredible moment in the history of the Champions League … I didn’t actually see it.
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“Maybe this is a good metaphor for the life of a football manager, I don’t know. But I completely missed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s moment of pure genius.
“I saw the ball go out for a corner.
“I saw Trent walking over to take it. I saw [Xherdan] Shaqiri following him.
“But then I turned my back because we were preparing to make a substitution. I was talking to my assistant, and … you know, I have goose bumps every time I think about it … I just heard the noise.
“I turned to the pitch and I saw the ball flying into the goal.
“I turned back to our bench and looked at Ben Woodburn, and he said, ‘What just happened?’
“And I said, ‘I have no idea!’
“Anfield was going — boof — absolutely crazy. I could barely hear my assistant, and he was yelling, “So … do we still make the substitute?”
“Hahahaha! I will never forget him saying that! That will always be with me.”
The German, who was voted 2019 men’s coach of the year on Monday night, did admit that he’s now watched Origi’s goal probably half a million times having missed it in real life.
He also revealed just how he celebrated Liverpool’s most remarkable of wins – saying alcohol wasn’t a necessity given the pure emotion of the night.
“Can you imagine?” he added. “Eighteen years as a manager, millions of hours watching this game, and I missed the cheekiest thing that has ever happened on a football pitch.
“Since that night, I have probably watched the video of Divock’s goal 500,000 times. But in person, I only saw the ball hit the net.
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“When I got to my little boot room after the match, I didn’t even have a sip of beer. I didn’t need it.
“I sat there with a bottle of water in silence, just smiling. It was a feeling that I cannot describe in words.
“When I got back home, my family and friends were all staying over at our house, and everyone was in a big party mood. But I was so emotionally exhausted that I went up to bed by myself.
“My body and mind were completely empty. I had the best sleep of my life.”