Liverpool have progressed in each of the 10 European knockout ties that Jurgen Klopp has been in charge for, reaching the Europa League final in 2016, and then two successive Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019.
In the six away ties that the Reds have played in the Champions League over the last two seasons, they have scored 16 times, including five at Porto, two at Manchester City and three at Bayern Munich.
Klopp, though, has identified Anfield and the incredible home support as being a crucial factor in the progressions. Despite those away goals, comebacks like against Barcelona have come in second legs on Merseyside, with the Kop vital.
Via LiverpoolFC.com, Klopp explained: “I have had good teams and the players have gone beyond their limits in order to qualify. 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’ve managed to achieve all that together. Anfield is a crucial factor for us in Europe.”
There will be no Anfield factor to influence the final, but the travelling Kop will make Madrid as red as possible. There might have only a very small number of tickets made available to Reds fans, but the Spanish capital will be invaded with Kopites nonetheless.
After the pain of last season’s final, the Reds will be looking to put right that difficult night and win number six at the third time of asking.