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PARIS/Liverpool (dpa) – Liverpool’s undefeated champions may be laughing again as they drive the red double-decker bus – Jurgen Klopp was in the middle.

‘We are Liverpool’ and the club’s motto ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is written in large letters on the side – rarely appropriate on a Sunday afternoon. Thousands of fans cheered Klopp and his players less than 24 hours after losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid. The two wins were celebrated in the National Cup.

The winners’ ceremony began shortly thereafter in Madrid. The team around former world champion Toni Kroos dedicated the trophy in the cathedral to the Virgin of Almudena, wrapped a traditional sash around the stone goddess Cybele and drove through the thousands-lined streets at 30 degrees to the Bernabeu. A big fireworks celebration was held there in the evening, and every club member had free entry.

Kroos had already celebrated with his family in the grass on Saturday night, and Klopp almost defiantly praised the show at home. The emotional worlds of the two German champions in a first-class final, also memorable due to the huge problems between fans and hosts, were not as far apart as one might suppose. Kroos quickly overcame his brief moment of frustration in a ZDF interview with “Trivial Questions” on Saturday night.

A special victory for Kroos

The former world champion was impressed by his fifth Champions League victory, which was “very special”, said Leon’s father (8), Amelie (5) and Finn (3) after Real’s 1-0 win. “I’ve won the Champions League a few times. But I’ve always said I want all the kids to be on the field. That was the case today. It’s hard to describe how nice it is.”

“It was very special,” Kroos said, “that my youngest was there as well. He hasn’t won the Champions League yet. Now he has too. So it’s complete.” And anyway. Even the fifth time, a Champions League title “would not be normal”. Kroos also posted a group photo with his wife Jessica, brother Felix, the kids and the bowl with a handle.

For the specialized magazine “Marca”, which is close to Real Madrid, the 14th victory of the record holder in the European first division “was celebrated like never before”. Because, contrary to the other understanding of the royal family, no one had ever thought that it was possible beforehand. “Frankly,” Kroos admitted, “I didn’t expect that before the season. It’s hard to put it into words.”

Of the eight Madridistas who met Cristiano Ronaldo as the five-time winner of the Hunkelbott Race, only Kroos, who retired from the national team last summer, also became world champion. And not only did he celebrate this victory with his family. After the final whistle, he lay for a long time on the grass, tangling with David Alaba. Along with the Austrian, he won his first first division title with Bayern Munich in 2013.

Also for Ancelotti’s own title

This success was also characteristic of coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is now the only record holder among coaches in the most important European Cup with four victories. “It was definitely the toughest title, because nobody thought we could win it,” said the Italian. For Kroos, the former Bayern Munich coach has a big share of success “because he knows better than anyone how to manage a group and beat it”.

Klopp has also managed to do so admirably this year. But the balance of what was actually such a strong season clouded dramatically within a week. But the former Mainz and Dortmunder spread the mood. His motive was clear: after an unusual season, in which titles in the championship and the premier class were missed, players should not go on vacation in a bad mood.

Klopp and Liverpool celebrate anyway

“We are celebrating after we had an exceptional season,” Klopp said. “We lost the two competitions we didn’t win by the smallest difference imaginable: by one point and 0-1.” He told his players in the locker room, “I can already feel proud. But I was the only one there. The boys need longer for that.”

For Klopp, the third defeat in the fourth final was perhaps the most bitter, with a 23-3 shot on target. “When an opponent’s goalkeeper becomes the best player in the match, it is always bad news,” he said, referring to the outstanding Thibaut Courtois. But the 54-year-old has already announced the next attack on the European crown. “We’ll be back,” he said. “Sure.” After the 2018 final, which he also lost to Real Madrid, he actually won the title with the Reds a year later. Klopp says the difference from that time: “At the time I was hoping we’d come back. Today I know that.”

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