Klopp ‘not in Champions League mood’, but ends presser with a laugh

Jurgen Klopp brought the curtain down on a mundane Liverpool press conference on Friday with a laugh.

Klopp spent plenty of time explaining that the Champions League final was not in his thoughts just yet with Sunday’s game with Chelsea and then Brighton looming as the Reds look to secure a top-four place.

“To be honest the most important game of career is the Chelsea game on Sunday and then the Brighton game. I don’t think like that,” said Klopp, whose side edged out Roma 7-6 in the Champions League semi-final this week.

“It will be very important for sure, but I’ve had important games already with Dortmund and Mainz. They are all important in there own right. We will give the game the right size when it comes along.”

The German was then asked if he will change his approach from the previous two European finals in which he lost (Dortmund v Bayern Munich and Liverpool v Sevilla), Klopp replied: “I’m really not in a Champions League final mood, but I will have a look what I did before and change everything!”

Klopp admitted he does not expect any of Liverpool’s injured players to return on Sunday at Chelsea.

“Adam (Lallana) had his first real football session (yesterday) in Rome. That’s good. Emre (Can) has an important day on Monday, and then we can make the decision if he starts training or not.

“If there will be good news for the final, probably not for the final game of the season. Joe (Gomez) will also not make Chelsea.”

Asked if he could keep his players fresh, he said: ” How can you keep a player fresh? I didn’t make the schedule.

“Can you try to different line-ups with my squad? Do it! We can’t do it.

“The whole season is a constant challenge. We fought hard so far. Now we have to finish the job.

“There’s a financial thing but we want to be there, we want to play the best teams in Europe. It’s the biggest club competition, we want to be part of it. We want to be as successful as possible.”