After watching last nights highlights of the match at Anfield, I was left feeling somewhat envious this morning. Liverpool’s spectacular comeback brought back some pleasant memories of better times in Europe for Celtic.
I have no personal connection or affinity with Liverpool, even though one exists between our two clubs, but I can appreciate the impact this turnaround would have had on everyone. What a buzz that must have been to be at Anfield to witness this performance.
Jürgen Klopp must have had mixed emotions going up against the club he managed for seven years only ending last season. To go from staring at defeat in the face to dumping your old team out of Europe with virtually the last touch of the ball, it must have been quite a roller coaster for him.
I yearn for those days when I can sit and watch Celtic take me from tension on the edge of my seat to leaping into the air with joy once more. Being in Europe simply isn’t enough, you have to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
That was what Klopp instilled in his players last night. This is what Ronny Deila needs to do to his own players.
Do that and you’re heading in the right direction. It might not last forever and you might not win the prize, but if you can take your players there and inspire them then they’ll have tasted what real victory is.
Celtic have been there before and I know we’ll go there again some day. I’d like to think that’ll be sooner rather than later.
Congratulations Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool for giving the game this rare moment. It’s what football is all about.