Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Makes Frank Assessment About Istanbul Before UEFA Super Cup Final

Liverpool team news: Jurgen Klopp
Liverpools German headcoach Juergen Klopp is pictured during the final Audi Cup football match between Atletico Madrid and FC Liverpool in the stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that Istanbul holds a special place for the club following the 2005 Champions League final.

The Reds came back from 3-0 down against AC Milan in the 2005 final at the Istanbul Ataturk Olympic Stadium to win on penalties.

The event is remembered as the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ among Reds fans.

Klopp told beIN Sport Turkey: “Istanbul will always hold a special place for Liverpool after the 2005 Champions League.”

The German manager did however, underline that the Reds cannot be complacent and that this is a completely different team and opposition.

Klopp also stated that he expects an incredible atmosphere in Istanbul after what he experienced when he took on Galatasaray in the city as Borussia Dortmund head coach.

“Nobody will ever forget 2005 but this is a different team, a different opposition and we are in a different age,” he added.

“Istanbul is always a special place to play football I know this from my time at Borussia Dortmund when we played Galatasaray, I expect an amazing atmosphere.”

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The Reds are back in Istanbul to take on Europa League champions Chelsea at the Vodafone Arena, home to Besiktas.

The 41,903 seater stadium is set in the Besiktas district of Istanbul just a short distance from the Dolmabahce Palace near the Bosphorus shoreline.

Liverpool lifted the Champions League after beating Tottenham 1-0 in the final in Madrid, Spain.

The Blues meanwhile beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku to reach the Super Cup.