JURGEN KLOPP is adamant he is no loser as he bids to end his shocking record in cup finals.
Liverpool can be crowned kings of Europe for a sixth time in Spain tonight but Klopp has lost his last six finals including last year’s Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.
Klopp said: “If I were the reason for losing six then everyone needs to worry. The circumstances were all different.
“I am a normal human being so if I would sit down and think it’s all about me, I’m the reason, then I would see myself as a loser – and that would be a problem.
“Whether I am winner, that is for the outside world.
“Do you think I have an unlucky career? For sure, I don’t have an unlucky career.
JURGEN KLOPP'S LAST SIX FINALS
- May 26, 2018 – Champions League, lost 3-1 v Real Madrid
- May 18, 2016 – Europa League, lost 3-1 v Sevilla
- February 28, 2016 – League Cup, lost 3-1 (pens) v Manchester City
- May 30, 2015 – DFB Pokal, lost 3-1 v Wolfsburg
- May 17, 2015 – DFB Pokal, lost 2-0 v Bayer Munich
- May 25, 2013 – Champions League, lost 2-1 v Bayern Munich
“Since 2012, apart from 2017, I have been every year in a final.
“I’m fine, could have been better, could have been worse. And it’s not over yet, so there’s time.”
Klopp is also hoping to stage a massive knees-up.
He said: “It’s my responsibility to make a party possible for my family and friends this time because they are always for me and they have waited years.”
Klopp has no fresh injury worries and will make a late decision on Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian has not played since May 1 after a groin injury.
Liverpool will have a training session in the morning and Klopp will decide whether to start Firmino or Divock Origi.
The Reds boss said: “Firmino is ready. Whether he will start? I thought I’d keep a few question marks open.”
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Klopp also poured cold water over the news that some major European clubs want to make the Champions League more exclusive.
Joking about his record, he said: “Change the Champions League? Make the semi-final the final and I’m perfectly happy with that!
“I like the group stage, I like the qualification, I think the right teams play in it, I love this tournament.”