Liverpool-coach Jürgen Klopp hopes that the Saturday after the Champions League final will be about all the finals that he as a trainer has lost. After six defeats in a row, craves the German to a victory.
The 51-year-old German wanted the attention Friday not to pull at the final press conference for the final in Madrid against Tottenham Hotspur, but understood himself also that he could not escape.
Klopp is to put it mildly, not a lot-winner as the finals go. The last six times, including twice in the final of the Champions League in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund and last year with Liverpool), he lost.
“I call myself not unhappy in that area,” counterde he. “Since 2012 I have, in 2017, every year, in a final standing. You could also say that I world record holder am when it comes to winning semi-finals. If I put myself now as a loser going to see, I have a big problem.”
Liverpool is preparing for the second CL final in a year. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Are now more mature as a group’
Last year was a big surprise that Liverpool reached the finals. Real Madrid was 3-1 too strong. “Compared to when we are now much more mature”, said Klopp. “We are a year older, have more experience at the top level. Last year we were much less constant than this year. We act now else as a group.”
Klopp wanted to be not too much to look back on last year, or any other lost in the final. “The conditions, the opponents, everything is different. For me it was the lost final from last year is mainly a starting point for this year. Of the race itself, we have learned nothing.”
That Liverpool by the experience of last year as a favorite is seen, does Klopp nothing. “That people say because we have more points in the league have achieved, but the two matches that we are playing against each other were equivalent.”
The coach lost his last six finals as a coach. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Firmino fit for final
He expects a lot of the ‘Spurs’, which in the semi-finals in the slotseconden afrekenden with Ajax. “We both have real football teams, step by step, a team built. It is impressive what Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham has done, very clever. It will be an intense match, but I’m greatly looking forward to it.”
It is still the question of whether Klopp can call on Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian forward was long on the side because of injury, but is simply in the selection. “I’m not, of course, tell whether or not he plays, but he is ready for it. He has been training for, so it must be okay.”
The Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool starts on Saturday at 21: 00 in Stadium Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Arbitrator is the Slovenian Damir Skomina.