Klopp texts after reaching Champions League final shows Liverpool’s mentality

Two of the texts that Jurgen Klopp sent after guiding Liverpool to this season's Champions League final have highlighted the Reds' true mentality.

Klopp's side defeated Villarreal 5-2 on aggregate to book their place in Paris for the showpiece event. Liverpool will be attempting to win their third trophy of the season next Saturday when they take on Real Madrid.

It is a far cry from last season, in which the Reds struggled badly after being hit by a series of injuries to their first-choice defenders. But they recovered towards the end of the campaign to secure a top three finish.

They ended the season with academy graduates Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips as their first-choice centre-back pairing. And Klopp has clearly not forgotten their key contribution, given his texts to the duo following the second leg against Villarreal.

According to Sky Sports, Klopp 'paused his celebrations' to fire off a series of texts. The first was to his wife, before he then penned a note to the young duo who played a key role in the Reds' run to securing a top four place last season.

"I messaged Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips because we wouldn't be there without them. I remember the final game of last season and they left the pitch with a bandage around the head, cuts on their faces, and that was really a symbol for the whole period," Klopp told Sky Sports News.

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"We went through on one leg, with one eye… it was incredible. It was such a tough season. Hopefully nobody forgot how hard we fought to get here. We felt it mentally. The public wasn't shy of telling us that we underperformed and all these kind of things.

"You try to understand, you think 'wait a minute, we're facing teams in the strongest league in the world having played for the majority of the time without our full defence. We had no centre-halves, had to play midfielders in the last line, then had to use other players in midfield and nothing worked really.

"In the end, we played with two incredible players – Rhys and Nat – but we couldn't use them earlier because they needed time to adapt. So, yes there was a bit of a point to prove and I'm really happy that the boys did that."

Neither Williams nor Phillips have featured prominently for Liverpool this term, instead spending time on loan at Swansea and Bournemouth respectively. But it is clear that Liverpool would not be enjoying a successful season without their heroics last year.

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