Jurgen Klopp hopes third time is the charm in UCL final

Jurgen Klopp hopes third time is the charm as he prepares Liverpool for their upcoming Champions League final against Tottenham.

For the second season in succession, Liverpool and Klopp will take part in the final after losing last season’s one to Real Madrid at Kiev.

The Reds will meet Premier League rivals Spurs at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano on June 1 as they chase their first European crown since 2005.

History will be in Liverpool’s favour for the clash due to their greater experience and the fact they’ve won four of their last six encounters with Spurs.

And Klopp’s men proved themselves to be worthy champions after overturning a three-goal aggregate deficit in their semi-final tie against Barcelona by thrashing them 4-0 in the return leg at Anfield.

“We know each other pretty well, and that’s it,” said Klopp on Liverpool’s familiarity with Spurs via the club’s website.

“But nothing else apart from that. It’s a final and you have an opponent and you have to prepare for it, look at their strengths, look at their weaknesses, that’s what you have to do. So that makes it no different [from any other final].

“There are no easy games. In the Champions League there are no easy games, so why should the final be easy? Certainly not. So far we’ve always used our experience in these moments, during every moment in our season.

“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.

“We know that already, so why should we think too much about it? If we are really at our absolute top level then we are a difficult team to play against, but we know Tottenham are as well.”

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The German coach has lost two Champions League finals at both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool throughout his career.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 25: (L-R) Neven Subotic, Lukasz Piszczek and Nuri Sahin of Borussia Dortmund look on as Marco Reus is consoled by Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund in defeat after the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“In Germany, we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’,” said Klopp.

“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.

“It’s a fourth European final for me [including the 2016 Europa League], that’s cool. I have had good teams and the players have gone beyond their limits in order to qualify.

Liverpool’s successes in the Champions League have been highlighted at Anfield this season following memorable wins over Paris Saint-Germain, Red Star Belgrade, Napoli, FC Porto and Barcelona.

Klopp added: “Throughout the years, we’ve knocked out strong sides like Borussia Dortmund thanks to Anfield.

“Last season in the Champions League we knocked out a strong Manchester City thanks to Anfield. This year we knocked out Barcelona thanks to Anfield, and of course, we beat Bayern. We know that we’ve managed to achieve all that together.

“Anfield is a crucial factor for us in Europe, but the boys have done a great job, we’ve played great football.

“The away game at Bayern Munich was the best away game my team have played at the European level. It is great to see that such a development is possible and that we can become even more dominant.

“So far, it’s been a great campaign for us.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and team mates celebrate after the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


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