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UCL: Klopp explains why Liverpool aren't favorites

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp explains why the Reds are not favorites ahead of Champions League Final

May 31, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The German manager is wary of the threat Pochettino's side possesses.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has downplayed claims that his side is the obvious choice to win this year's UEFA Champions League title. The German manager will hope to lead the Merseysiders to triumph in a second successive final in the European cup competition coming up against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool booked its ticket to Saturday's clash at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano by beating the likes of Bayern Munich, FC Porto and Spanish giants Barcelona in the knockout phase. Having pulled off one of modern football's most intriguing remontadas to eliminate the Blaugrana in the semis, the Anfield outfit has been labeled as favorites in its upcoming test with Spurs.

Relatively, Mauricio Pochettino's side, who have been dubbed underdogs for the most of the knockout stages, defied odds to eliminate Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and a resilient Ajax side to book their place. With this foreknowledge and the analogy of Tottenham Hotspur's form in the just ended Premier League season, Jurgen Klopp believes that neither his team nor Pochettino's men deserve the tag as favorites.

"If I thought Tottenham had an advantage I would be mad," Klopp told reporters at his pre-match conference on Friday.

"I know people say we are the favourites because we have more points in the league.

"But if you saw our games against Tottenham this season, it was only 2-1. There's no advantage before the game."

Despite his reputation of losing finals, Jurgen Klopp has explained that his inability to win silverwares with the teams he managed in the past has no bearing on the upcoming clash with Tottenham. Since winning the German Cup in 2012, the 51-year-old manager has lost the last six finals he has contested.

"Do you think I have an unlucky career? All my career was not unlucky," he said.

"My missus always asks me before the season when is the final game of the season, because we are often in it, so I'm not unlucky.

"Since 2012, apart from 2017, I was every year with my team in a final. We came there sometimes with luck.

"I am the world record-holder in the last seven years in winning semi-finals. But if I were to write a book about it probably no-one would buy it.

"If I were to sit in the room and think it is all about me, I am the reason, if I saw myself as a loser, then we would have a problem but I don't see myself as this.

"If I were to be the reason for losing six years in a row, then everyone needs to worry.

"But we go in a situation where we learn – not from last season's final as there were three strange goals – a lot from our time together.

"We want to win with all we have and with things that happened in the past I can take confidence from."


Match details, result and original broadcast info

Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 2 Liverpool

June 1, 2019 3:00pmEstadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)

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