Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reaches yet another final but admits that battle isn’t won and people don’t thank him for reaching the finals.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
The German coach Jurgen Klopp has lead Liverpool to another final and this time it is Europe’s elite competition the UEFA Champions League.
Klopp has managed 6 finals till now and will manage his 7th final on 26 May 2018.
He has lost 5 out of the 6 finals:
- UCL Final 2013, Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munchen (Klopp’s Dortmund lost 2-1)
- German Cup Final 2014, Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munchen (Klopp’s Dortmund lost 2-0)
- German Cup Final 2015, Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg (Klopp’s Dortmund lost 3-1)
- League Cup Final 2016, Liverpool vs Manchester City (Klopp’s Liverpool lost on penalties)
- Europa League Final 2016, Liverpool vs Sevilla (Klopp’s Liverpool lost 3-1)
The one Final he won was in 2012 where his Dortmund side humiliated Bayern Munchen as he introduced himself to the world as one of the elite managers.
- German Cup Final 2012, Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munchen (Klopp’s Dortmund won 5-2)
The ex-Borussia Dortmund boss has a poor track record in finals and is well aware of it as he prepares to change the fate in Kiev where his current side Liverpool will be playing against Real Madrid. Here is what he had to say in the post-match interview after qualifying.
“We were in a League Cup final and didn’t win it.”
“People don’t tell me in the street since then: ‘Thank you for bringing us to the final.’”
“We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. I see no trophies after these games. They don’t hang silver medals at Melwood. That’s a pity, but that’s the game. There’s still a job to do.”
The 50-year-old Manager knows the magnitude of the club he is going to face in Kiev. He acknowledges the 12 time European Champions who are on a run to win their 3rd consecutive UCL title under the French coach Zinedine Zidane.
“Going to a final is really nice but winning is even nicer. We will be ready but it is Real Madrid. You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. I think 80% of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire.”
The English club did not enjoy direct qualification into the Champions League this season and had to participate in the playoffs. Klopp reckons this as the effort of his team which managed to reach the final and thanked the fans too for their support who stayed late until the last night just to have a moment with him.
“Seeing all these happy faces is the best thing that football can do. These people followed us all over Europe, come to Anfield, create an exceptional atmosphere, and we all know how big the desire is to come back on the winning track. They had such a big part in the season so far so if they want to see me, they can see me, no problem.”
“We came as a qualifier and are now in a final. I’m really happy for the boys, the club, the fans. It’s been a fantastic ride so far; now we go to Kiev, which sounds crazy but it’s the truth. We will go to Kiev.”
Jurgen Klopp also complimented AS Roma who narrowed down the goal difference to 1 and gave Liverpool a run for their money.
“A big compliment for Roma, what a performance, what a comeback, what a great football game. In the high-intense moments we had brilliant counterattacks but not enough to finish them. There was a few penalty situations but I didn’t see them back so far. It was first time we were not as good as we can be.
“We needed luck, that’s what we had, and over the whole campaign it’s deserved. It would have been deserved for Roma too. For both teams it would have been crazy to play extra time. So it was 7-6 on aggregate, which sounds crazy because it is crazy.”
The UCL Final will be played between Real Madrid and Liverpool in NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev (Ukraine), on Saturday, 26th May 2018 at 7:45 PM CET. The match will be televised all over the globe by the official broadcasting partners of UEFA.