“The mother of all football games, a derby, two old rivals in a knockout competition.”
It may sound like a Morgan Freeman or John Facenda voiceover, but the words hail from the mind of Jurgen Klopp as the Liverpool boss prepares to face Manchester United in European competition for the first time ever.
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The first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 begins Thursday at Anfield, and Klopp is fired up for the “absolutely cool” event.
“That’s why I love football,” he told reporters at a press conference to preview the first leg.
“We all loved it when we were young of course and played it, and in each region in the world you have games like this. Not with these big names but big enough.
“Being part of it, I still cannot have enough of this. Most of the time in my life I could not imagine I would be part of this but now I’ll be sitting on the bench for Liverpool FC playing against Manchester United. It’s still one of the best things I can imagine.”
We’re excited, too, Jurgen.