Monday 16 September 2019

'We must believe and be brave' - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and talisman Mo Salah
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and talisman Mo Salah Sportsdesk

Jurgen Klopp says his players' desire and ambition will counter the disadvantage of facing a Real Madrid side who have made a habit of winning Champions League finals.

As a club, five-time winners Liverpool are hardly novices as they prepare for a fifth European final in 17 years. But as a squad, their medal haul is no match for a Real Madrid side pursuing a hat-trick of Champions League victories, and a fourth in five years.

"If there is a market for experience, they should sell it because then they would be even more rich than they are already," said the Liverpool manager.

"They are more experienced. That is a fact.

"Experience is very important in life but not the only thing, especially in football. It is important to be more experienced but you can level it with desire, readiness, attitude, work-rate and that is what I love in football."

Klopp added: "We made our own experience. We are not as long together as Real Madrid because they play these finals pretty much with the same team, so, as a group, they are very strong.

"But it is still football and we have a chance, so let's give it a try. Let's go there and try to perform on a level which maybe people would say is not possible for us, but it is possible.

"We did all the things we need plenty of times already in the Champions League campaign and now we need to do it again.

"It is a really good football team but we are a really good football team. We are full of desire and we really work for our dreams.

"We will show the players why it makes so much sense to be brave," he said.

"It was not easy to be brave against Manchester City and against Roma but we did it.

"The moment we tried to defend the result, we were almost out. If we had played like Juventus, or tried because we cannot, we go out in the group stage.

"If we tried to play like Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid we would be out in the group stages, so we have to be more lively because we have a lack of experience. If you are not on the same level, you have to do more, invest more (effort).

"Doing more can lead to mistakes but I don't think there is any alternative to that."

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