This time last year, the Reds were about to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final and were no doubt the underdogs ahead of that game in Kyiv.
We all know what happened on the pitch as Mo Salah went off injured, Loris Karius fumbled and Gareth Bale produced a stunning moment worthy of winning any final, but this time around the situation is much different.
Klopp’s ‘mentality giants’ are heading into the final as the team expected to win the game. A 26-point gap in the league table and two victories – home and away – against Spurs already this season has made sure of that.
The players, having been through it all last season, are in a much better place going into the final game of this campaign, as Joe Gomez has been explaining.
In an interview with LiverpoolFC.com, Gomez said: “I definitely think we go into this final in a different place.
“It’s still a Champions League final and they’re always separate occasions. You have to approach it with the same mentality.
“I think this year speaks for itself and the growth in the team has been massive. We’re a different team [this time around] and we can’t go into it thinking that we’re the same team.”
There is no guarantee that the favourites will win the game, but it would be a fitting end to a season that has delivered so much.
Whatever happens on the Wanda Metropolitano pitch, this is just the latest step forward for the Reds under the guidance of Klopp. Like Gomez says, we’re a different team now – and one which will only continue to improve in the coming months.