Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is convinced his time has come to win a cup competition after losing his last four final appearances.
Klopp was in charge of Liverpool in this season’s Capital One Cup final at Wembley in February 2016 when his men were beaten 3-1 on peanlties after the game ended 1-1. And previous to that Klopp has presided over final defeats to Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich twice in the DFB Pokal and Champions League finals whilst in charge of Dortmund.
You have to go back to 2012 when Klopp’s Dormund side hammered Bayern 5-2 in the DFB Pokal final, but ahead of Thursday’s Europa League final with Sevilla, the German says his poor record is not a point of frustration.
Klopp said: “I am not frustrated about my final record. It could be better for sure. But my teams have performed well in finals.
“The longer you go without winning anything, the harder you try and the more likely you are to succeed. That’s what I believe.
“We prepare as normal as possible. For the last two weeks nobody has asked about next Premier League game.
“Everybody knows it’s a special situation.”
Klopp has insisted he is not feeling the pressure ahead of the Basel final against the Europa League holders.
“I don’t feel pressure. I feel opportunity. I came here because I was really convinced about quality of these players.
“The experience is important. We will try everything to make it more than just an experience.
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“When I came here there was big doubt about these players. Now they have the opportunity to achieve something great. Let’s try it. I am sure these players are ready. I am really pleased for the boys.
“That I can be part of this moment with this team.”
Klopp, who could have Divock Origi available for selection, believes patience will play a key part if Liverpool are to topple Sevilla.
“Being well organised, being brave. Being patient enough to pass long enough to get opportunity to play the last pass.
“You need to be ready to mistakes, even when the whole world are watching. To find the next solution. Concentration at highest level,” added Klopp.