Jurgen Klopp still managed to find time to congratulate Nat Phillips after Liverpool reached their third Champions League final in five years.
Klopp could have been forgiven for being too relieved and ecstatic for words on Tuesday night, after his side passed Villarreal to book their spot in Paris on 28 May.
The Spanish side certainly looked capable of unleashing a huge upheaval, first when they scored after two minutes and then when they drew just before half-time, before Liverpool won the match 3-2.
He kept the Reds’ hopes of completing what would have been a ludicrous quadruple alive but, as it all went on, Klopp managed to find time for one of his players on loan.
At the end of his post-match press conference, Klopp approached the microphone to say “congratulations to Nat Phillips” after the center-back helped get Bournemouth back to the Champions League.
🗣️ “By the way, congratulations to Nat Phillips.”
– Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) May 3, 2022
As Klopp led his team to victory, Bournemouth was facing Nottingham Forest in a match to be won near the top of the championship.
Both teams had only two games left of the season and the Cherries knew that a win would guarantee a return to the top flight, but a defeat would leave them watching the playoffs, with a true six points.
Forest could have taken a penalty in the first half, but the assistant referee ruled that there was an offside in the build-up, which replays suggested was not the case.
The match was decided by Kieffer Moore’s shot in the 83rd minute, from a brilliantly worked free-kick that confused Forest’s defense.
The full-time whistle brought scenes of glee and delight from the home fans, who rushed to the pitch to celebrate their promotion.
Klopp wasn’t the only Premier League figure to congratulate Scott Parker’s side on their future return to the league, former Bournemouth player Aaron Ramsdale did the same.
The Arsenal goalkeeper took to Twitter to say: “Up the Cherry. Huge congratulations to everyone involved.”
The club was relegated at the end of the 2019/20 season, after five years in the Premier League, and finished sixth last season.
They lost in the playoff semifinals to Brentford last year, which ended up moving up, but Parker brought them back on top.