Diego Maradona is a keen Liverpool fan – and it’s because of the Miracle of Istanbul. The Argentine football legend has also revealed he’s a big fan of Kop manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool won their fifth European Cup back in 2005 after fighting back from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
The remarkable comeback will rank as one of the best memories for Reds supporters, and it caught the attention of Maradona too.
He says the stunning result, and fervent support from Liverpool fans in Turkey, meant the Merseyside giants became ‘his club’ in England.
“The English club proved that miracles really do exist,” he said.
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I’ve now made Liverpool my English team. They showed that football is the most beautiful sport of all
“I’ve now made Liverpool my English team. They showed that football is the most beautiful sport of all.
“The Liverpool supporters didn’t let me go to sleep the night before, there were 10 of them to every three Milan supporters.
“They showed their unconditional support at half-time when they were losing 3-0 and still they didn’t stop singing.”
Rafa Benitez steered Liverpool to their stunning Miracle of Istanbul success and Maradona also likes the current manager, Jurgen Klopp.
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“I love what he conveys, the type that gives me confidence,” he added.
“Before at Dortmund and now in the Premier League. Klopp is always going forward.”
The former Napoli and Barcelona star is currently managing himself at Gimnasia de la Plata in his native Argentina.
Maradona is well known in the UK for his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal in Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final clash with England at Mexico ’86.
Last year goalkeeper Peter Shilton admitted he’s still not forgiven the attacking star.
“It’s been 32 years.
“It goes against my belief football should unite the world. I’ve never wanted to meet him since the Hand of God, because I felt he should have apologised.
“I’ve got a love for football and you have to conduct yourself well but he has gone the other way by blaming the Falklands War, he said he hates the English and that’s the side I don’t like.”
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