BASEL, SWITZERLAND - Tuesday, May 17, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla FC at St-Jakobs Park. (Pic by UEFA/Pool/Propaganda)

Video: Jurgen Klopp’s Europa League final pre-match press conference

Watch Jurgen Klopp‘s pre-match press conference from Basel ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League final against Sevilla.

Klopp is confident he has fulfilled his promise to make doubters believers ahead of the Europa League final against Sevilla.

In his first press conference back in October the German made the pledge after insisting he saw qualities in the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers where others saw none and would ensure people – players, the public, critics – changed their opinion.

And on the eve of the club's first European final for nine years, Klopp believes he has delivered.

"I came here because I was really convinced about the qualities of these players and this squad, despite the doubts people had," he said.

"To see how they have reached this final gives me a really good feeling.

"When I came here there was a big amount of doubt about these players and now I am really happy they can show how strong they are and it is a big opportunity to make the final step this season and achieve something.

"I don't feel the pressure. I cannot change. I feel opportunity, I feel the pressure of the game and developing players.

"I don't think I've ever felt doubt around me. If that's right I don't know but it makes me completely free to make decisions and for my team and myself to be free to develop together.

"I am really pleased for the boys and that they can be part of the moment with this team.

"We have a big chance and winning tomorrow will make it much more easy for you to see it as a success – and I try to help."

Liverpool are favourites to win in Basle despite Sevilla looking to become the first team to win the competition for three successive seasons.

This current Reds side lack similar European experience with even Klopp's record in finals nothing to write home about.

The German has lost his last four but intends for that to change in Switzerland.

"I don't think to be honest I deserve some luck," he added.

"There are only two possible things in a final, you win or lose. The only thing is the performance.

"You would have seen that all the teams I was involved with have done really well.

"I am not frustrated by my final record, it could be a little bit better, I was for sure not happy after finals when I didn't win, but when it's over, it's over.

"And I know we performed to the right level and they were very close games.

"At home I have a little too many silver medals, that's true, but it's better than having no medals.

"For me, when you try hard, and keep trying, then you get there eventually."

Klopp is confident his players, who lost February's Capital One Cup final to Manchester City on penalties, can deal with the expectation in a 35,000-capacity stadium which is likely to house around 20,000 – double the number of tickets the club received – Liverpool fans.

"We had pressure, so how could the pressure be bigger tomorrow?" he said.

"The mental side is a big influence obviously there is no doubt about it but all we have done since we have been together we have done to be perfectly prepared for a game like this tomorrow.

"We had a lot of difficult moments but we solved them and we will use that experience.

"In a final you need still to be ready to make mistakes even when (the) whole world is watching because it is all about finding the next solution and using the skill at the highest level – and not being afraid to use that skill.

"We already know about our supporters, we know how much they want to win this cup.

"They showed us in an impressive way at home and away travelling all around Europe.

"We really would love to be the team who can make these things come true."

Klopp will make a late decision on the fitness of striker Divock Origi, who returned to training in the last couple of days after a month out with ankle ligament damage.

"We will see after training with Divock, we will see how he feels and then we will make a decision," the Reds boss said.

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