14 things we loved this week: Milner, Klopp, Mourinho, Dyche & more

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Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final was the main event but Arsenal, Burnley and Manchester United managers also gave us highlights during an otherwise quiet week.

Jurgen Klopp led his side to their first Champions League final since 2007 with a record-breaking 7-6 aggregate win over Roma on Wednesday night.

But away from that, we were distracted by a Lancashire pub, politicians’ promo photographs and a classic table-top game.

James Milner

The Liverpool midfielder played up to his “boring” stereotype once more after his side made it into the Champions League final for the first time since 2007, suggesting he would celebrate with a glass of ribena.

READ: The best of Boring James Milner – and the times the real one played up to it

Virgil Van Dijk

The Liverpool players were obviously in a jubilant mood, and Van Dijk wasn’t having any of this reporter’s questions regarding decisions that may have gone in their favour on Wednesday night.

Van Dijk Liverpool Roma post-match

Liverpool FC defender Virgil Van Dijk did not care about the decisions that went his side's way last night😂[🎥: @saintlawren on Twitter]Read: http://www.planetfootball.com/quick-reads/11-records-liverpool-have-broken-in-this-years-champions-league/

Posted by Planet Football on Thursday, 3 May 2018

Tim Hickman

Darlington fan Tim Hickman was left embarrassed after not being able to fit through the turnstile when he travelled to support his team at Stockport County last season.

Well, just over a year later, he’s lost over six stone and counting. Here’s the moment he went to Stockport for the last game of the season.


Knuckleball or bend it like Beckham?


Back to the Champions League, and we found some top stats from their remarkable season in Europe.

For one, in every European Cup final that Liverpool have won, the opposition has been wearing white. Roll on Real Madrid…

READ: 11 records Liverpool have broken in this year’s Champions League

Daniele De Rossi

FINALLY a footballer realises that referees are human.

Jurgen Klopp


The Royal Dyche

The owners of this pub in Burnley said in November that if Sean Dyche did the unthinkable and got the Lancashire club into Europe then they would rename themselves in his honour.

The sign that went round may have just been a design, but surely it’s only a matter of time.

Dunstable Town

The Southern Premier League club’s players have played for free this season after financial troubles, ultimately saving the club from extinction.

Despite relegation, manager Tony McCool has set up a “thank you pot” for the dedicated staff after their brilliant commitment.

Steven Gerrard

After Sven Ulreich’s mistake against Real Madrid, Gerrard fuelled the Twitter fire with a quote everyone wanted.


The CONIFA World Cup (the one for regions and autonomous communities that aren’t FIFA countries – that Yorkshire are trying to get among) is just round the corner, and the Zimbabwean region of Matebeleland have one belter of a kit.

James Milner (again)

How can you not love him? This was his reaction to his unfortunate own goal against Roma.


The legendary table football game has launched its first ever women’s set ahead of the upcoming FA Cup final.

Unfortunately it’s only a limited edition and is unable to buy, but that’s surely only a matter of time.

Jose Mourinho

At least he’s honest.

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