The Reds booked their place in the final of Europe’s top-tier tournament, with a 7-6 aggregate win in the last four setting up a clash with Real Madrid on May 26.
Much of the focus before the game was on the safety of the travelling Kop after attacks from Roma ultras the previous week left supporter Sean Cox in a critical condition.
This included a lock-in at the stadium long after the final whistle, but with the Reds reaching their first Champions League final in 11 years the mood was jubilant regardless.
A major positive of this late stay for Liverpool fans was an opportunity to celebrate with Klopp, which Viasport Fotball’s Jan Aage Fjortort captured:
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) 2 May 2018
Klopp has already reached the Champions League final once in his career, but saw Borussia Dortmund fall to defeat to Bayern Munich at Wembley in 2013.
He will be hoping to go one better with Liverpool this time around, and the supporters’ feelings on the manager were made clear as The Anfield Wrap shared their view of his return to the pitch:
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) 2 May 2018
“It was a nice moment, a fantastic moment,” Klopp told reporters after the game.
“It was really, really, really, really good seeing all of these happy faces. It’s the best thing that football can do
“These people have followed us all over Europe, come to Anfield every week, create atmospheres which are absolutely exceptional and we all know how big their desire is to come back on the winning track.
“They have had such a big part of that in the season so far, so I really think if they wanted to see me then they can see me, that’s no problem.”
If they beat the Blues they will have sealed their place in next season’s Champions League with a top-four finish.
But Klopp, his squad and Liverpool fans will all be dreaming of entering the tournament in 2018/19 as champions, in what would be a truly remarkable feat for the German.