Liverpool’s Lovren reveals motivational half-time team talk v Man City


Liverpool completed a second-half turnaround against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday to confirm their progression.

The Reds were going into the game expected to qualify for the semi-finals but that quickly changed after just two minutes.

Gabriel Jesus got the first goal and put the pressure well and truly on Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Despite being well and truly dominated in the first half, Liverpool quickly turned it around and started to assert some dominance of their own.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino got the goals to complete a 5-1 aggregate win but their half-time break was pivotal.

Mo Salah during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Manchester, England.


Now, Dejan Lovren has revealed what he told his team during the break which allowed them to regain control of the clash.

‘To be honest, I was shouting a bit at half-time,’ said Lovren.

‘I told the lads to wake up because it was not good enough and I said we were sitting too deep. Of course, Klopp said, “Yes you are sitting too deep because you are not pushing up”.

‘He wanted me and Virgil (van Dijk) to be more compact and push the team up but it was quite difficult, you know, to push up when City had the ball.

It was all positive; there was nothing negative. But I needed to remind the guys that we had 50 minutes to be in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

‘We needed to give more. The first 10-15 minutes (of the first half) wasn’t good enough.

When you see the second half, again they had a couple of chances but nothing too serious.

We talked on the pitch, a few of us, and said (after Jesus scored) we need to keep our heads and stick together.

‘Liverpool weren’t happy after Man City’ – Dejan Lovren

Lovren has also revealed what the feeling was after the game.

Though, it was certainly not what you would expect.

In fact, the side were not happy after the game.

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