Dream comes true for KloppInspired by dreams of restoring Liverpool to their former glory, Jurgen Klopp joined the Reds three years ago to experience unforgettable nights like this. By leading Liverpool to their eighth European Cup final, Klopp confirmed his reputation as a revolutionary with a unique skill for galvanising moribund teams.Asked earlier this week what it would mean to set up a heavyweight showdown with holders Real Madrid in the final, Liverpool boss Klopp spoke eloquently about drawing on a youthful love of the game. “It is a childhood dream to make it to the Champions League final. We are here to fight for our dreams,” he said.The moment Klopp realised he was about to achieve his ambition came in the 25th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum headed Liverpool’s second to leave Roma needing to score four. Usually so animated on the touchline, Klopp pumped his fists, but didn’t celebrate wildly.Instead, he wore a beatific smile that suggested he knew the promised land was within sight. It was just reward for the coaching masterclass Klopp has delivered in this season’s Champions League. Having out-witted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the quarter-finals, Klopp — drawing on the knowledge gleaned from leading Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final — out-manoeuvered Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco so emphatically in the first leg that even Roma’s late goal blitz in the return wasn’t enough to stop the Reds setting up a repeat of the 1981 final.The five-time European champions were back at the venue where they won two of those trophies, but, while respectful of that glorious past, Klopp is focused on making history of his own. Now the Reds are one win away from joining the immortals.Wijnaldum rises to the occasionGeorginio Wijnaldum’s goal proved crucial as Liverpool reached an eighth European Cup final© AFP Isabella BONOTTOGeorginio Wijnaldum claimed he had no problem resting in the build-up to Liverpool’s biggest match for a decade, but the ice-cool Dutch midfielder’s crucial contribution left Roma facing sleepless nights for weeks to come.Wijnaldum was called up to replace Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, who was ruled out with a serious knee injury sustained in the semi-final first leg, and he rose to the challenge with a composed display capped by Liverpool’s vital second goal.With the match level at 1-1 and Roma eyeing a stunning fightback, Edin Dzeko inadvertently directed the ball back to Wijnaldum, who headed past Alisson before sprinting off to celebrate with the club’s head of fitness Andreas Kornmayer. No wonder Wijnaldum was so happy — it was his second goal of the season and his first since October.It was the former Newcastle star’s first away goal in three years with his two English clubs. He was also the first Dutch scorer in a Champions League semi-final since 2013, when Arjen Robben netted for Bayern Munich.Lightning doesn’t strike twiceRoma kept fighting until the end, with Radja Nainggolan scoring twice, but had too much to do© AFP Filippo MONTEFORTERoma had staged one of the Champions League’s greatest fightbacks when they beat Barcelona 3-0 in the quarter-final second leg in the Stadio Olimpico to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit.Bidding to reach the European Cup final for the first time since their penalty shoot-out defeat against Liverpool in 1984, the Serie A side needed an early goal to emulate their Barca heroics.Desperate to fire up his players, Di Francesco had called for them to deliver “a copy and paste” of that astonishing performance.But Di Francesco had been exposed as tactically naive with his decision to go for all-out attack in the first leg and it was no different this time as Roma were in tatters before half-time.Roma were the only team not to concede a goal at home in the Champions League this season, yet within nine minutes Liverpool had torn through the hosts’ poorly organised defence.Throwing bodies forward far too soon, Roma were caught cold by Sadio Mane before more woeful defending allowed Wijnaldum to head Liverpool’s second. Despite a superb second-half response, that deficit was too much to overcome.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool completed a thrilling semi-final victory over Roma© AFP Alberto PIZZOLIROME, Italy, May 2 – Liverpool reached the Champions League final for the first time in 11 years after a 7-6 aggregate win against Roma on Wednesday.Here are three things we learned from the Reds’ dramatic 4-2 defeat in the semi-final second leg at the Stadio Olimpico:
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.So how will all this marketing hoopla translate at the box office? I say the movie will sting the rest of the competition and rake in at least $40million over the next three days. Not all critics have loved the movie, but my niece and nephew, whom I use as a barometer for what kids are into, cannot wait to see “Bee Movie.” POWER PAIRING: While the kids are gonna be buzzing all about the Seinfeld movie, adults have some pretty solid options of their own starting with “American Gangster,” starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott. That’s all I need to know, really. I’m so there. “Gangster” bows in just more than 3,000 theaters, and I see it bucking the trend of fall dramas that have failed to gain traction in recent months (“Eastern Promises,” “Rendition” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”). Denzel’s box office record is as solid as anyone’s in the business, while Crowe fared decently with “3:10 to Yuma” a few months back. The R-rated “Gangster” is a shoo-in for second place with an opening-weekend haul of at least $30million. Jerry Seinfeld got boffo ratings on TV, but does he have any box office clout? We’re about to find out with today’s release of “Bee Movie,” a CG-animated flick bowing in a whopping 3,500-plus theaters. Surely you’ve heard of it. We’ve been saturated by the trailers and a variety of commercials, including some from McDonald’s and Ford, tying into the flick. But Seinfeld scored a major marketing coup when he guest-starred last week on the NBC comedy “30 Rock” in an episode that had a network exec coming up with a ratings- boosting gimmick of inserting digital images of Seinfeld into all NBC prime-time shows. Seinfeld is furious at first but is placated when the network agrees to promote “Bee Movie.” TO THE MOON: “Bee” and “Gangster” are gonna knock “Martian Child” right off the launching pad. The film stars John Cusack and seems like a sweet family drama with him playing a man whose adopted son thinks he’s a Martian. It’s booked into about 2,000 theaters, but I don’t think “Martian” will fare that well, struggling to cross the $5million mark at takeoff. YEAR-TO-DATE: As of Sunday, the year’s box office receipts stood at $7.8million, nearly 6percent ahead of 2006. But the total would be far higher if the fall season had not brought about so many disappointments. Grosses were down by 5.65percent from Sept. 4 through Oct. 28, according to box office tracking firm Media By Numbers. HOFFMAN SPEAKS: Phillip Seymour Hoffman is busy promoting his new movie, “The Savages,” and one of the cooler things he’s doing is appearing Tuesday at the Aero Theater (1328 Montana Ave. at 14th Street) in Santa Monica as part of the American Cinematheque series. Hoffman will appear between a 5 p.m. showing of his Oscar-winning role in “Capote” and a 7:30 p.m. “sneak preview” showing of “Savages.” For details, go to www.americancinematheque.com or call the 24-hour info line: 323-466-3456. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!