Speaking at a press conference at the Estadio Metropolitano yesterday afternoon, Jürgen Klopp commented on the development of the Reds and why this year will be different.
But, in comments cited via the official club site, the German boss also ended up speaking at length about his experience of fortune, fate, and finals.
On last year’s final in Kiev, Klopp admitted “we learned a lot in that time since we are together.
A lot of players have been together for three years, some players have been together for a year. This year we learned a lot again, we are a completely different side to last year.”
“Since 2012, apart from 2017 I was every year with my team in a final”, he claimed.
“We came there sometimes with luck in some moments but most of the time we had to go there. I’m probably in the moment the world-record holder in the last seven years in winning semi-finals.
“If I would write a book about it, probably nobody would buy it.
“I see all the other things. The rest is only for the outside world, that you think afterwards I’m a winner. But that’s not interesting to me.
Klopp’s humour, honesty, and humility here represent all the things we really respect about the boss. He’s right in saying that he’s obviously achieved on the way to these finals.
During Jurgen Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool manager, he said he wanted to “turn doubters into believers”.
Less than 4 years later, we’re playing in a second Champions League final and a chance at immortality.
You’ve made believers out of us all. Thank you Jurgen. pic.twitter.com/snfQvPe1lk
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) May 31, 2019
It’s just disappointing that they often ended in trophyless and unfortunate defeat.
“It’s the obvious thing, the silverware is why we’re here and we want to win it with all we have.
“But the things that didn’t happen in the past, I could still take confidence out of that.
“I think there can be moments that are lucky and unlucky. In finals I was part of, we were never on the lucky side but I cannot change that.
“How I understand luck, if you work for it you have it from time to time, not always, and that’s why we try again and work for it.
Klopp’s characteristic common sense attitude is always somehow refreshing, even when you hear it over and over again.
Some say you make your own luck and the boss has certainly put himself in that camp.
To win tonight we’ll need to try and control as much of the variables in the game as we can – for everything else, we’ll need a slice of fortune for Reds hungry to win their first trophy under Klopp.