Klopp: Liverpool are not favourites for Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool cannot be considered as favourites against Tottenham for Saturday’s Champions League final.

Liverpool will be out for redemption in Spain after heartbreakingly losing last season’s final to Real Madrid in Kiev.

Fortunately for the  Klopp’s men, though, they boast a superior record over this year’s opponents Spurs and are tipped for glory this time around.

Aside from finishing 26 points above fourth-place Spurs in the Premier League, Liverpool won both their encounters 2-1.

The Reds have, in fact, defeated Mauricio Pochettino’s side four times in their last six meetings and only lost once – which came in October 2017.

Therefore, all signs are pointing towards a sixth Champions League crown for Liverpool this weekend and the first trophy under Klopp.

But the German coach himself refuses to consider his team favourites in Madrid.

“I know people say probably this year we are the favourites because we had many more points in the league,” said Klopp on the club’s website.

“But if you saw the games against Tottenham, it was 2-1 both times. Especially the home game, we won with a very strange goal.

“We were always really good, in both games, we were really good and anyway it was only 2-1. So there is no advantage before the game.

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“You can work for advantages and work for spaces, like you can work for opportunities, in this game tomorrow – but you have to do it in the game, not in the moment, it’s not possible.”

A worrying statistic for Merseyside supporters, however, is Klopp’s poor track record in final. He’s lost six times in spells in charge at Anfield and his old club Borussia Dortmund.

“The finals were always different,” said Klopp on this fact.

“I’ve always come here with a different team, the circumstances are different, the opponent is different.

“If I would be the reason for losing six finals in a row then everybody needs to worry really. If that’s not the case, then we always have the chance – and that’s how we see it actually.”

In last year’s final defeat to Real Madrid, a tearful Mohamed Salah was taken off with a shoulder injury following a clash with Sergio Ramos.

Substitute Gareth Bale then came on to score a brilliant double after Loris Karius’ blunders.

Klopp added: “That we go here, go in a situation where we learned – not from the final because [there were] three strange goals, a world-class Goal of the Year and two more strange goals, which you usually don’t concede but we conceded.”

The Spurs and Liverpool Champions League final will start at 21:00 (CET).

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 31: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool gives his team instructions during the Liverpool FC training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 31, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


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