British lawmakers urged to take a lesson from Liverpool

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday May 4, 2019. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

LONDON — In a display of political opportunism, British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged lawmakers to take a lesson from Liverpool's extraordinary comeback win over Barcelona as the country looks to finalize its protracted separation from the European Union.

Asked by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn if she would "take tips" from Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp on "how to get a good result in Europe," May continued with the soccer analogy.

May says "what it shows is when everyone thinks it's all over, that your European opposition have got you beat, the clock is ticking down and it's time to concede defeat, actually we can still secure success if everyone comes together."

Liverpool recovered from a 3-0 deficit from the first leg against Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals to win 4-0 in the return match at Anfield on Tuesday.

Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016, but lawmakers have repeatedly rejected May's divorce deal and the departure date has been postponed.

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