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LIVERPOOL V SEVILLA

18 TH MAY 2016

THE UEFA

EUROPA LEAGUE

FINAL 2016


THE UEFA EUROPA

LEAGUE FINAL 2016

Liverpool v Sevilla

St Jakob Park, Basel

Wednesday 18th May

Kick–off 20.45, local time

Liverpool will probably be

playing in

RED

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Welcome to Basel for the

Europa League final –

the first ever meeting

between Liverpool and Sevilla in

European competition.

The fans’ embassy for this game is

provided by the Football Supporters’

Federation in partnership with our

affiliate members at Liverpool, Spirit

of Shankly, and with the Liverpool

Supporters Committee - a “by fans,

for fans” service.

If you’ve never come across a fans’

embassy before, you might be

wondering what it is we do. Since

Italia 90 we have been operating

fans’ embassies, providing advice

and assistance to fans on the ground

at England matches (and more

recently at Wales games, too).

In recent years we’ve provided the

service at club leve for European finals,

so those of you with long memories

may remember us from Athens in 2007.

Our team of volunteers handing

out these fanzines are all football

supporters themselves, doing their

bit to help everyone have the best

possible experience today.

We’ll be on hand to answer any

questions, and help deal with any

problems. We run a 24-hour helpline

- +44 7956 121314 – so you can get

hold of us at any time. If we don’t

know the answer or solution to your

problem, chances are we know the

people who do, as we work behind

the scenes with local organisers and

people such as the British Embassy.

We hope that nobody gets into

any bother, but experience at club

and international games over the

past decade or two tells us that

accidents happen, and that when

they do it can be a stressful time:

lost passports, medical emergencies

and the like.

We are here for ALL supporters,

regardless of whether or not you’ve

got an officially supplied match

ticket. All requests for assistance

or advice are done completely

confidentially -

we absolutely

do not pass

on anyone’s

information to

police, whether

UK or Swiss,

or any other

agency without

their express

consent.

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IT WASN’T ME

The Away Goals fanzine is produced by the

Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF), the

national membership-based organisation for

fans. We have tried to ensure the accuracy of

all the information provided in this fanzine,

but can accept no responsibility for any loss,

injury or inconvenience suffered by any one

relying on its contents. None of the financial

support we have received to produce

Away Goals impacts on what we put in it.

Consequently, none of our supporters can be

held in any way responsible for the contents

of, nor the views expressed in, this fanzine.

THANK YOU

We are grateful to Action Images for the

cover photo of Philippe Coutinho.

As ever, this fanzine has been a team effort.

This edition was edited by Garreth Cummins,

and thanks are due (in no particular order) to

Kevin Miles, Yonit Sharabi, James McKenna

and Spirit of Shankly, the Liverpool Supporters

Committee, Kate Duffy, Andy Heaton and the

Anfield Wrap, Jon Ward, Lee Lomax, our fans’

embassy team in Basel and everyone else

whose assistance we relied upon.

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THAT DORTMUND GAME

BY NEIL ATKINSON

WHAT a week. What a

gang of lads. What a

set of Reds.

Did you have a little cry? I know

I did. 4-3 and I am full of joy, that

angry joy, that ‘stitch that’ joy,

that joy unconfined, that joy that

is the language of heaven with

the noise of hell, that joy that

fingers you behind the bike sheds,

that joy that sticks it and gives

it and takes it and drains it and

makes it. That joy that means you

have a little cry because these

Reds. These fucking Reds…

These Reds were outclassed where

class is concerned. They were

never out-fought. They were never

out-battled. They were superior in

all areas bar quality. Quality can

only take you so far. Because when

quality isn’t quite the gulf you

hope it is then football can happen.

Then moments can happen and if

a football match comes down to

moments then anything is possible.

Then The Reds are possible.

The Reds picked their moments.

The shift in game intelligence

is the most noticeable direct

improvement since the shift in

manager. Liverpool believe in every

moment and Liverpool believe any

moment is possible. They can plot

their course through a game by

them when they look adrift. When

they are two goals adrift.

Liverpool doesn’t so much have

excellent performers tonight as it

has excellent shock therapy. The

game wasn’t sculptured. It was

attached on and off with sticks.

But Joe Allen stands out after

coming on, Divock Origi stands out

for running the channels. Alberto

Moreno impressed me but I am

often wrong.

So often wrong. I predicted

Dortmund on away goals. I forgot.

I forgot that Liverpool can take

a pulse. Liverpool can squeeze.

Liverpool are becoming a side that

know chances are ample even

when time is short.

Tonight at Anfield something

really quite remarkable happened.

Image CC: MD Faisalzaman

Something that defies these words

other than to say that where

moments are concerned, Jürgen

Klopp’s men are very good; the

Anfield crowd is better.

The Anfield crowd doesn’t sing

for 90 minutes but it knows when

guttural screaming is required.

Football is hard, it only gets harder

when 40,000 people scream at you.

At 2-3 Dortmund get in a mad

huddle. A mad ‘heads have gone’

huddle. A mad ‘what do we do

about these mad bastards?’

huddle. The mad bastards are the

Reds on and off the pitch.

We give ourselves a hard time.

I give us a hard time. But no

crowd in the world does moments

better, clambers the line between

intimidation and support better

than we do. No one.

There’s a Yellow Wall. Great set of

lads. But stitch that, lads. Stitch

that. We all have our own culture.

Ours doesn’t bounce. It swaggers.

Soz abar us.

Liverpool and their crowd do

moments. Embrace moments.

Understand moments. Nothing has

ever been more ‘town’ than that.

Town.

Nothing has ever been more ‘stitch

that’ than that.

Stitch that.

Nothing has ever quite felt like

that. Not Olympiakos. Not Chelsea

however many times. Nothing has

had to be that defiant perhaps

since Barca in 2001 and then that

wasn’t as eventful. My chest rattles

from roaring.

Across two games there were two

memorable renditions of You’ll

Never Walk Alone. Two memorable

ones. The first soft rock in Germany.

The second a lament before kick off

at Anfield. These were memorable.

They will live long in the memory.

There was a third. After the final

whistle at Anfield. It wasn’t simply

memorable, it was glorious. In

excelsis deo. It was love, it was

‘stitch that’, it was ‘get on this’, it

was ‘walk around us’, it was ‘here

we are’, it was ‘understand this’, it

was ‘you get your education’, it was

‘this is everything and this isn’t nice

but this is what this is’. This is that

you will never walk alone because

we will scream and roar next to you.

We understand moments. Know

that. Take that.

The Reds. Drag them down and

kill them.

Up the Reds. Up the momentary

Reds. They aren’t down here for

your money. They aren’t down here

for your love. They are down here

for your soul.

Time for a break.

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SCOUSE PHIL’S AWAY GOALS

FOOTBALL QUIZ

The FSF’s resident quizmaster

Scouse Phil has put together

a group of football teasers for

you, to help kill time in the run-up

to kick-off. There’s no prizes on offer,

but find out how many you got right

in the answers on page 13.

1

2

3

4

5

Which game featured in the first

ever edition of Match of the Day

in August 1964 (a bonus point for

the first goalscorer that day).

Only two hat-tricks were scored at

the 2014 World Cup, but what links

the players who scored them?

Which current non-league team

have played most seasons in the

Football League without ever

appearing in the top flight?

Name the eight stadiums with

‘Road’ in them that have hosted

Premier League football.

Who was the only member of

England’s 2014 World Cup squad

who wasn’t playing his football

in England at the time?

Answers on page 13

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The FSF is completely free to join, and we campaign

6

7

8

9

11

12

13

Which club has lost the most

League Cup finals?

Who scored the first goal in the

Premier League this season?

Which three players whose

surname begins with E have scored

a hat-trick in the Premier League?

Where will this season’s

Champions League final be held?

I was born in Liverpool in

1985, played for Bury, Preston,

Portsmouth, Burnley, Leicester

and Middlesbrough, winning one

England cap in 2007. Who am I?

What unwanted European claim

to fame do Jens Lehmann and

Didier Drogba share?

Rodney Parade is the home ground

of which Football League team?

Appearing in this year’s Europa

League, which country do

Qarabag hail from?

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Which ex-Liverpool striker has

scored the most headed goals in

the Premier League?

Which team won the old Cup-

Winners’ Cup the most times?

Which ex-Arsenal player

captained Sevilla in last year’s

Europa League final?

How many of the original

founding teams of the Football

League in 1888 are currently

playing in the Premier League?

Which ex-Southampton and

England striker is now a

racehorse trainer?

Which current Championship

club were runners-up in the

Europa League in 2010, and who

defeated them?

Which side finished top of

the National League (ie the

Conference) this season, scoring

more than 100 points?

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Welcome to the picturesque

and historical city of Basel,

Switzerland’s second

largest, which sits in the north west

corner of the country, sharing borders

with both France and Germany.

The river Rhine flows through the

town and divides it in two - the

south and west bank of the river is

known as Grossbasel (or Greater

Basel), which includes the old

medieval town centre. Kleinbasel

(or Little Basel) sits on the north/

east banks of the river, and is more

modern, and features more bars/

nightlife than the old town.

As for language, the locals speak a

variant of German, although being

so close to France you’ll find that a

lot of people will understand some

French, too.

Most of Basel’s sights are located

in the old town, and are all easily

reachable on foot. The Basel

Munster, or cathedral, is located just

off the main square, Marktplatz.

Built between 1019 and 1500 it’s

a striking piece of architecture, and

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you can pay a small fee to climb

the tower for some excellent views

over the town.

Marktplatz still holds markets 6

days a week, selling fresh food

and flowers, but is at its busiest

on a Saturday morning rather than

through the week. The Rathaus

(town hall) is also located on the

Marktplatz, and guided tours

are available. If you don’t fancy

paying, then you’re still allowed

to have a wander round its

courtyard for free.

Some of the gates to the old medieval

city still remain - constructed after the

earthquake of 1356 you can find the

old fortifications at Spalentor (take

the no.3 tram Barfüsserplatz towards

Burgfelden Grenze), at St. Alban

Tor, near Aeschenplatz (by taking the

no.3 tram towards Birsfelden), or at

St. Johanns Tor, near the Rhine, by

taking the no.11 tram towards St.

Louis Grenze.

Of course you’ll have to take a walk

along the Rhine, too, which is the

city’s gateway to the North Sea.

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Neutral

Fanzone

Barfüsserplatz

LFC Fans Meeting Point

Grosspeterstrasse

Tram Stop

Liverpool Fans

Bus/Coach Park

St. Jakob-Park

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Key

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WELCOME TO BASEL

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GETTING AROUND

GETTING TO THE GROUND

MATCHDAY INFO

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Getting around town, if

not on foot, is best done

using the city’s public

transport network of trams and

buses. Reliably clean, efficient,

punctual and, well, very Swiss,

the public transport network

covers three countries, heading

into neighbouring France and

Germany as well.

If you are staying in Basel, your

hotel/hostel should provide you

with a ‘Mobility Card’, which

provides free public transport for

the duration of your stay, including

your journey to the airport on your

day of departure.

If you have a ticket for the final,

you can use Basel public transport

free of charge in zones 10 and 13

(the city centre), both buses and

DAY TRIPS / COACH PASSENGERS

Those fans arriving on

flights on the day of the

game and getting a coach

transfer to the city centre will

be parking at UAG Areal (a

short walk from the stadium).

To get into the city from here,

it’s a 10 minute walk west to

Grosspeterstrasse, from where

you can catch the number 14

trams, for free all day on 18th May.

Zone 10 covers both fan meeting

points, the neutral fan zone and the

stadium, as well as all connections

between car and coach parks.

If you’re ticketless, only on a daytrip,

or not staying in the city, daily

tickets can be bought for around

8CHF (about a fiver) covering the

bus and tram network, and you can

hop on and off as you please.

Swiss ticket inspectors police the

public transport network, and there

is a zero tolerance policy on those

without tickets - we’d advise you

not to risk it, because there are

hefty fines if you are found bunking

on the tram. You’ll be marched to

the nearest cashpoint, or possibly

police station, and forced to cough

up 100CHF.

Tram to Barfüsserplatz and other

destinations in the old town.

After the match, you are

requested to walk back to the

bus parking areas where food

and drink stands and portable

toilets have been organised. We

are told that buses will depart in

order of the flight schedules.

The tram is the best way

to the stadium, and

we’re told that there

will be extra trams laid on for

the match.

Take the Tram 14 to M-Parc (the

final stop on the line) from where

it’s a short walk to the stadium.

See the map on pages 8-9.

To walk to the stadium from

Barfüsserplatz (where Liverpool

fans will be congregating in the city

centre) takes around 40 minutes.

SUPPORTER MEETING AREA

On the day of the final

there will be two

separate fan meeting

points – one for each team.

Both will be in the city

centre, close to numerous

bars, restaurants and shops.

Barfüsserplatz in the old town

(south of the river) has been

allocated to Liverpool FC fans.

Sevilla fans will find themselves in

Claraplatz, north of the Rhine.

For those LFC fans who travelled

to Basel in the Champions

League in 2014, it’s the main

square in the old town that most

fans congregated in before the

match, next to the tram stop with

services to the stadium.

The ground is located on the

south bank of the Rhine,

east of the main medieval

town centre. It is easily reached

by tram and bus, and is close to

major roads, too. You could be

forgiven for confusing the stadium

with a shopping centre upon your

approach to it, but that’s because

it is one – St Jakob Park is home

to 32 shops on three floors, as

well as a couple of restaurants

and even an old people’s home,

which overlooks the pitch.

Entry will be by electronic scanning

of the ticket and then body search

by stewards.

Turnstiles open at 1745 (kick-off

is 2045 local time) and supporters

are advised to arrive in good time

to get through security checks and

turnstiles. Don’t leave things to the

last minute, and expect to waltz up

at 2030 and breeze through into the

ground. With the current security

climate in mainland Europe you can

expect searches to be thorough, and

progress through the turnstiles and

security checks to be much slower

than for the average game.

Liverpool’s allocation is located at

the western end of the stadium, in

blocks B3 to B7, C1 and C2, and

G1 to G4. This is broadly the same

end of the ground as the usual

away allocation at Basel, although

in Champions/Europa League

fixtures away fans are allocated the

corner sections of B1 and B2.

As the game is a Uefa final, there

will be no alcohol on sale inside

the ground on matchday. We can

assure you that anything that

looks like beer will be of the nonalcoholic

variety.

There will be no hold-backs after

the match – it’s assumed that the

majority of fans of the losing team

will leave promptly after the final

whistle, while those celebrating will

remain to see the trophy lifted. This

natural staggering of the exit from

the stadium should ensure there’s

not a huge demand for travel back

to town whenever you leave.

Post-match - if you are in possession

of a valid match day ticket, there

are free scheduled bus and tram

services back to the city centre.

Carrying fireworks,

drinks, weapons,

laser pointers,

sound-emitting devices

such as megaphones,

klaxons or vuvuzelas,

suitcases, sporting bags,

large backpacks and

bags (maximum bag size

permitted is 25x25x25cm)

or any other items that are

on the prohibited items

list or could disrupt public

order is forbidden.

FAN ZONE

The fan zone will be in

Münsterplatz – one of

Basel’s most famous

squares, in the heart of the

old town – and all fans are

invited to come and enjoy

the festive atmosphere.

Fans will be able to have

their picture taken with the

trophy, practise their skills with

professional freestylers and

challenge their friends in the

1 v 1 battle arena, and UEFA

partners and sponsors will

provide further entertainment.

The fan zone will be open on 17

May from 1200 to 2200 and on

18 May from 1100 to 1900.

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WELCOME TO BASEL

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EATING AND DRINKING IN BASEL

TICKETLESS FANS

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It wouldn’t be an FSF Guide

if we didn’t recommend a

few drinking dens and spots

to grab a bit of grub, so here

goes. Be aware that eating and

drinking out in Switzerland is

not an inexpensive experience.

You’ll likely pay around £5 or so

for a pint in most bars in Basel,

with some a bit more expensive

even than that.

Zum Roten Engel on Andreasplatz

is a great spot to stop for a light

bite during the day, and the food is

pretty cheap, too. Cargo Bar at 46

St Johanns-Rheinweg offers a lively

night out, with live music 3 nights

a week. A lovely spot down by the

riverbank, it’s one to check out.

If you’re looking for something

hip and trendy, visit Eoipso on

Dornacherstrasse, which is a

converted factory complex that

now houses a great bar. They serve

Basel’s own Unser Bier (literally Our

Beer) on tap, which is worth a try.

Even in Basel, you can’t escape

the curse/joy of the English/Irish

bar. And there’s more than one, so

expect to see these places full of

Liverpool fans come matchday.

The Nelson Pub is not far away

from the Liverpool fans area in

Barfusserplatz, and can be found in

the town centre on Rümelinsplatz.

It offers up the traditional fare

of pub grub, familiar beers and

probably a load of memorabilia

all over the wall, to boot. Mr

Pickwick’s can be also found

at 13 Steinenvorstadt, close to

Barfusserplatz, where the Liverpool

fans will be congregating.

Of course, if those aren’t to your

taste, then you could always try

Paddy Reilly’s Irish Pub, which

describes itself as “a genuine Irish

pub; Irish owned, Irish managed

and Irish staffed, excelling in all

the traditions of an authentic Irish

pub”. We think it’s an Irish pub,

but we’re not quite sure they’ve

made it clear. It’s further along

Steinenvorstadt, around a 10

minute walk from Barfusserplatz.

One alternative to avoid the high

prices in licensed establishments is

buying beer from supermarkets and

finding a square or park to drink

in. It’s not illegal to drink on the

streets in Basel, so from that point

of view you won’t be hassled by

the police, but public drunkenness

is a crime, so know your limits.

Basel is home to over 1000

restaurants, and just about every

cuisine from around the world

can be found within the town. The

local cuisine forms a mix of the

best of French, German and even

Italian cooking.

The excellent Basel Restaurant

Guide (basel-restaurants.ch/

english) is your best bet for

finding your way around the city

gastronomically. It even includes

helpful interactive maps, which we

definitely recommend you have a

look at if you’re looking for some

decent food.

You will probably have

heard the various

authorities have been

at pains to stress in the week

leading up to the final that

fans without tickets should

not travel to Basel, or head to

the stadium.

We know, however, that thousands

of Liverpool fans will be in Basel on

matchday hoping to find a spare

ticket, or just to soak up the unique

atmosphere of a big European final.

There are no plans for largescale

viewing areas in the city

on matchday, and the netural

Fan Zone closes at 1900 so is

LAST MINUTE INFORMATION

not the place to gather if you’re

hoping to watch the game on a

big screen.

We would advise all fans without

tickets not to travel to the

stadium, as security cordons will

be in place for some distance

around the ground, and there

aren’t very many bars or places to

watch the game in the immediate

vicinity of St Jakob Park.

The best advice, if your search

for a spare ticket is fruitless, is

to find a bar or cafe in the city

centre in which to watch the

match. And remember, kick-off is

at 2045 local time.

All the information here is correct at the time of going to print, but if

there are last-minute changes we’ll do our best to get the message out

to fans throughout Basel.

We’ll be updating our website - www.fsf.org.uk - up until matchday.

Don’t forget you can check for any changes by calling our 24-hour

helpline, too.

Quiz

There are taxi ranks dotted

throughout the city, but should

you need to book one either

ask your hotel, or call one of the

following numbers:

Taxi Zentrale: 061 222 2222

33er Taxis: 061 333 3333

Stern Taxis: 061 691 4444

BRITISH EMBASSY

Anyone needing the assistance

of the British Embassy while

in Switzerland – for example

in the event of a lost passport

– can contact them by calling

+41 (0)31 359 7700

Scouse Phil’s Away Goals Football Quiz Answers

1. Liverpool v Arsenal (and Roger Hunt for the bonus point) 2. Thomas Muller (Germany) and Xerdan Shaqiri

(Switzerland) both played for Bayern Munich. 3. Lincoln City (104 seasons) 4. Bloomfield, Carrow, Elland, Highfield,

Loftus, Maine, Portman and Vicarage 5.Fraser Forster (at Celtic)Martinez) 6. Arsenal (5 times) 7. Kyle Walker of

Spurs (an own-goal against Man United) 8. Efan Ekoku, Robert Earnshaw and Samuel Eto’o 9. San Siro, Milan 10.

David Nugent 11. Only players to be sent off in a Champions League final 12. Newport County 13. Azerbaijan 14.

Peter Crouch 15. Barcelona (4 times) 16. Jose Antonio Reyes 17. Four – Aston Villa, Everton, Stoke and West Brom

18. Mick Channon 19. Fulham. They lost to Atletico Madrid. 20. Cheltenham Town

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WALKING WITH GODS

BY ROB GUTTMANN

HERE we are again. Back

at the start. Taking our

first tentative steps into

the unknown of yet another

arranged marriage. We have

always tended to approach

these unions with positivity

(the betrothing to that hag

Hodgson aside). We now know

our latest partner is the dreamy

Teutonic prince Jürgen Klopp.

Six foot two, eyes of blue,

and two league titles and a

Champions league final with

Borussia Dortmund.

It almost doesn’t matter who he

really is. It’s what he represents

that counts most. All the cliches.

We don’t like losing. We don’t like

being looked down upon. Forever

being re-classified. We’ve been

getting told for 25 years now

that we’re no longer a big club.

That we’ve got no right to dream

our dreams. Then periodically, we

awaken, and shock the lot of them.

Smack them all between the eyes.

A treble here, a European Cup

there. Almost the best league titlewinning

side of all time.

Brendan Rodgers walked the

Liverpool walk for 18 months of

his 36 in total. In time we’ll come

to see that this was enough for

his legacy to be always respected.

Placed in its proper context.

It’s Klopp’s time now. He will be

burdened with all the unreasonable

expectation that comes with our

territory. The thing is — and the

reason why he is such a sublime fit

for us — is that the man is made

for unreasonable expectation. At

least that’s the impression he gives.

Those intense smiling eyes. That

maniacal grin. He wants it as nasty

as it can get. His shrink may tell

a different story but for Liverpool

Football Club and all who sail in

her right now, his is the aura of a

man with unbridled self confidence.

A man without doubts.

From the distance we’ve been

afforded up until now Klopp

appears almost a caricature of a

great football manager. A method

actor in the ultimate role written

for him. His screen presence is so

voluminous it makes Jose Mourinho

look like that charisma-free no-mark

that Ricky Gervais trots out on Sky

every now and again. Watch Klopp

in front of a television camera. He’s

actually quite scary. Imagine what

he does to players.

He feels so perfect for Liverpool

Football club in 2015 because

he comes gift wrapped as

Shankly-esque as it’s possible to

imagine. Google him. I’m sure

you have. You’ll find anecdote

after apocryphal tale about his

legendary keeping-it-real exploits.

He wouldn’t train at the Emirates

before a Champions League game

with Arsenal, but took his side

to a local park to train instead.

He walks home after the match,

alone with his thoughts and his

ruck sack. He doesn’t wear a suit,

and rejoices in being a bad scruff.

He took his team on a pre-season

camp to the Swedish wilderness

and denied them electricity…and

food. Well, he made them fish for it

themselves from a nearby lake. And

they didn’t hate him for it.

Our Jürgen — boy that feels good

right now — is a bit of a Godbotherer

if truth be told. A deeply

religious Protestant man. Still, his

faith has instilled in him a zealatory

that he seems to have applied to

the art of football managing. He had

an epiphany as a young coach, that

appears to have shaped his career.

Get on this (he’s talking about his

time at Mainz and his reverence for

that amazing Arrigo Sacchi-inspired

AC Milan side of the early 90s):

“Even though we were in the second

division we were the first German

team to play 4-4-2 without a libero.

We watched this very boring video,

500 times, of Sacchi doing defensive

drills, using sticks and without the ball,

with Maldini, Baresi and Albertini. We

used to think before then that if the

other players are better, you have to

lose. After that we learned anything is

possible — you can beat better teams

by using tactics.”

Wow. That last bit. That’s what

makes him Liverpool’s man.

Liverpool Football Club cannot win

an unfair game — where four of

the world’s top seven richest teams

play in the same league — without

divine intervention. Klopp may

have worked out a way.

With a wage bill less than QPR’s

he took on and overcame the

leviathan that was, and remains,

Bayern Munich. Cynics may say

it’s a one-team league like the

Scottish Premier but just imagine

if St Mirren emerged now to not

only challenge Celtic and become

the country’s No.2 team, but to

actually overhaul them and to win

two titles. And then to top that by

getting to the Champions League

final, leaving the likes of Ronaldo

and Real Madrid in their humble

wake. You’d fancy Liverpool getting

their coach in, wouldn’t you?

Read Klopp interviews. What comes

through relentlessly is that he

wants to win, but win in a certain

way. He wants to prove something

to someone. To his mother, to God,

but most likely to himself.

This lad is an elite European coach.

One of a select group of about half

a dozen managers working in the

world game today. The

other five only take

jobs with clubs

that guarantee

squads and

trophies that

will further

Image CC:

Paul Robinson

enhance

their already

muscular CVs.

Klopp doesn’t seem to need that

in his life.

He is truly a throwback. A

contradiction in many senses —

for instance he seems to have no

problem being a shameless shill

in doing adverts for some heavy

weight corporations (Puma, Opel

and others) and yet it is hard to

escape the conclusion that here is

a man on a mission that represents

something more honest.

Liverpool Football Club is not a job,

as so many have come to realise, it

is a calling.

By the time Klopp’s predecessors

have come to appreciate this, the

burden of that realisation has

broken them. No-one is the same

after Liverpool. I think Klopp knows

this. I think that’s why he wanted

our job. He is a man who will have

done his homework. He will know

the history. He will have researched

our sub-cultures and customs.

Nothing though can fully prepare

him for our reality, though.

This is real world now, Jürgen. This

is not a drill. We will bury you if you

fail us. But win for us and return us

to the promised land - not halfway,

but all the way - and you will truly

walk with gods.

Statues will be erected to you, children

will be named after you, hairstyles

and leisure wear will be worn in

your image. Strap yourself in, lad, it’s

going to be mad. Enjoy it regardless.

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LIVERPOOL SQUAD

Goalkeepers

No.

22 Simon Mignolet

52 Danny Ward

70 Shamal George

Forwards

No.

9 Christian Benteke

10 Philippe Coutinho

15 Daniel Sturridge

27 Divock Origi

48 Jerome Sinclair

Defenders

No.

2 Nathaniel Clyne

4 Kolo Touré

6 Dejan Lovren

17 Mamadou Sakho

18 Alberto Moreno

19 Steven Caulker

37 Martin Škrtel

44 Bradley Smith

56 Connor Randall

57 Joe Maguire

58 Daniel Cleary

Midfielders

No.

7 James Milner

11 Roberto Firmino

14 Jordan Henderson

20 Adam Lallana

21 Lucas

23 Emre Can

24 Joe Allen

32 Cameron Brannagan

33 Jordon Ibe

46 Jordan Rossiter

53 João Carlos

54 Oluwaseyi Ojo

68 Pedro Chirivella

73 Adam Phillips

SEVILLA SQUAD

Goalkeepers

No.

1 Sergio Rico

31 David Soria

33 Juan Soriano

35 Álvaro Rodriguez

Forwards

No.

9 Kevin Gameiro

11 Ciro Immobile

24 Fernando Llorente

28 Carlos Fernández

30 Juan Muñoz

Defenders

No.

2 Benoît Trémoulinas

3 Adil Rami

5 Timothée Kolodziejczak

17 Marco Andreolli

18 Sergio Escudero

23 Coke

25 Mariano Ferreira

26 David Carmona

29 José Matos

Midfielders

No.

4 Grzegorz Krychowiak

6 Daniel Carriço

7 Michael Krohn-Dehli

8 Vicente Iborra

10 José Antonio Reyes

12 Gaël Kakuta

14 Sebastián Cristóforo

15 Steven N’Zonzi

16 Luismi

19 Éver Banega

20 Vitolo

22 Yevhen Konoplyanka

27 Antonio Cotán

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