Jürgen Klopp , coach of Liverpool, congratulated himself on Monday for the "great moment" that his team is living - "We finished the season in the best possible way" - and opted to "finish well" the "Champions League trip" in Kiev against Real Madrid. Liverpool, a five-time European champion, will seek on May 26 in the Ukrainian capital his sixth 'Orejona' in the final against the winner of the last two editions, Real Madrid. "We are in a great moment, both the club and the guys, we have finished the season in the best possible way and had the necessary time to prepare the game in the best possible way, we feel good and we are where we deserve. very exciting and we want to finish it well ", assured Klopp in Anfield in the Media Day before the final. "This season we have taken another step, and last year they said that we were able to qualify for the Champions League because we did not play during the week, and this year we finished fourth after playing every Wednesday, and the objective now is to continue doing so," added the German coach.
THE WEIGHT OF EXPERIENCE Klopp also denied that the experience of Real Madrid in this competition will be a determining factor and said that Liverpool will have an opportunity if it does in Kiev "what it did in the previous rounds against Manchester City and Rome". "They have more experience than us, that's a fact, we know that experience is important, especially in football, but it's not the most important thing, it's something that can be balanced with passion, with desire, with preparation. experience, we have created it, "said the German. "It is true that we have not been together as long as Real Madrid, they play the final with almost the same group they won the last two, but this is football, we have an opportunity and we are going to try it. to try to play at the level that people say we are not prepared, we have to do on the 26th the same as we did in the previous rounds, "he said.Get your VIP live betting predictions.
"They have a very strong start-up," added Klopp , "with replacement guarantees: we still do not know if he will play Bale, Benzema or Lucas Vázquez, but football is like that, we have a dream and we work to achieve it". PSYCHOLOGICAL STRENGTH The German coach also praised the "psychological strength" of his team, while extolling the figure of defender Virgil van Dijk , for which Liverpool paid in the winter market 80 million euros, and gave clues about the evolution of the Midfielder Emre Can , out of injury to the playing fields since last March.
"If we were not strong psychologically we would not be here, we had to face many difficult situations, and I'm happy for the place where we are," said the technician. "Virgil has helped us a lot since his arrival (last January), let's not forget that the team has also helped him, little by little he is becoming a man," he said. "With Emre (Can) we have to be patient and see how he is doing, 10 days ago I thought it would be impossible for him to train with the group as he did today, now we have to wait, but it's good to have him with us," Klopp said.