Jurgen Klopp is bidding to lead Liverpool to their sixth European Cup on Saturday, and they could follow in the footsteps of some true legends.
The Champions League final between the Reds and Real Madrid is huge, with victory matching Istanbul as one of the greatest achievements in Liverpool’s history.
The Merseysiders have been crowned champions of Europe on five occasions in the past, with back-to-back triumphs in 1977 and 1978, before adding to their tally in 1981, 1984 and 2005.
Some truly legendary figures have been a part of those successes, and a selection of them have delivered stirring speeches to the current crop of players ahead of Saturday’s game.
The video, released on Liverpool’s official Twitter account, begins with Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish reminiscing about their past accomplishments:
…here is what they said.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 22, 2018
“We had some great times in Europe,” says Hansen. “The European Cup is probably the pinnacle of any player’s career.”
Heroes of the 1970s Phil Thompson, Terry McDermott and David Fairclough all give their thoughts, with the latter describing starting in the 1978 final as “the highlight of my career.”
Thompson explained how he “wanted to be the first Scouser to lift the European Cup,” adding: “Believe me, it doesn’t get much better.”
There is also input from Jimmy Case and David Johnson, while scorer in the ’77 and ’84 finals Phil Neal urges the players to “give every ounce of energy and knowledge that you’ve gained so far this year.”
The video ends with them all wishing the team good luck, and Johnson perfectly sums it all up by saying: “Don’t do it for yourself, do it for those supporters. And you’ll be heroes for the rest of your lives.”
This is a fantastic watch for any Liverpool fan, and if you weren’t already buzzing about Saturday evening you will be now.
Jurgen Klopp‘s players can become legends in their own right if they get the better of Madrid—it promises to be a nerve-shredding occasion.
Hopefully it will be these lads sending similar messages to future Reds in years to come.