News From Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp reveals the “2 incredible players” he messaged after securing CL final

From Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in central defence to Alissons glorious headed goal, there was an abundance of moments that culminated in the Reds giving themselves a clean slate in 2021/22.

But it was Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams who were asked to step up and deliver, which they duly did to provide Liverpool with needed consistency and options in defence combining for 39 appearances.

For Jurgen Klopp, their contribution was invaluable as they helped lay the foundations for the success that has been possible this season in the Champions League.

And that was not lost on the manager, who revealed the pair, alongside his wife, Ulla, were the first he texted after Liverpool overcame Villarreal and secured their place in Paris.

I messaged Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips because we wouldnt be there without them, Klopp told Sky Sports.

I remember the final game of last season and they left the pitch with a bandage around the head, cuts on their faces, and that was really a symbol for the whole period.

We went through on one leg, with one eye it was incredible. It was such a tough season.

Hopefully nobody forgot how hard we fought to get here.

We felt it mentally. The public wasnt shy of telling us that we underperformed and all these kind of things.

You try to understand, you think wait a minute, were facing teams in the strongest league in the world having played for the majority of the time without our full defence.

We had no centre-halves, had to play midfielders in the last line, then had to use other players in midfield and nothing worked really.

In the end, we played with two incredible players Rhys and Nat but we couldnt use them earlier because they needed time to adapt. So, yes there was a bit of a point to prove and Im really happy that the boys did that.

Now we should really squeeze everything out of these competitions, which so far we are.

Klopps actions and words speak volumes about him as a manager and human being, with that one small gesture no doubt to have made a significant impression on both Phillips and Williams.

Theres no saying where the Reds would have been without their respective contributions, but with them, Liverpool are headed to Paris and hunting for No. 7.

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