Before his Liverpool side’s encounter against Atalanta, Jurgen Klopp answered a few questions. The German coach named his three footballing idols and there are two Blaugrana legends in it.
At 53, Klopp was alive when the late Diego Maradona was around. The Liverpool coach named the Argentine in his top three along with Pelé and Lionel Messi. The fact that there are two players who are part of the Blaugrana history shows just how much pedigree Barça has had throughout the years.
“For me, [the three greats are] Maradona, Messi, Pelé.”Jürgen Klopp | Esporte Interativo
The manager also lamented Maradona’s death. The Argentine died on the 25th of November and most Champions League games held a minute of silence for the footballing genius. The fact he inspired his generation that much is truly sensational. Klopp’s childhood probably revolved around watching the attacker and hoping to play against him.
For Messi’s case, Klopp clashed against him at the highest level of football. In a Champions League semi-final against the eventual champions Liverpool, La Pulga smashed in one of the finest free-kicks and his side had a comfortable three-goal lead at the end of the game. However, the German managed to come back and win the competition.
Three key player stats from the Vallecano 1-2 Barcelona game
Barcelona managed to beat Raya Vallecano 2-1 away in the Copa del Rey round of 16. Three interesting stats popped up from Frenkie De Jong, Lionel Messi, and Antoine Griezmann.
Frenkie De Jong has become Barcelona’s goal-scoring midfielder. In his recent games, Ronald Koeman decided to use him in the attack, and it looks like its truly paying off.
Frenkie De Jong has scored 4 goals in his last 7 games for Barcelona. Machine. pic.twitter.com/SuehXxWHlz— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 27, 2021
While Lionel Messi has missed quite some chances tonight, he got his goal and pre-assist for the game and continues to be the difference-maker.
Antoine Griezmann is in good form recently. Despite the fact that he was criticised a lot at the beginning of the season, it seems that he has finally found his rhythm.
Antoine Griezmann has now 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games for Barcelona.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 27, 2021