Jurgen Klopp previews Champions League final at Liverpool’s UEFA Media Day

28 May 2019

Jurgen Klopp dismissed suggestions a three-week break before the Champions League final was a negative, as he looks towards a “more lively” clash in Madrid.

The decision to push back the European showcase by a further week to accommodate the new international fixture list has been widely criticised.

It left 20 days between the Reds’ 2-0 win over Wolves on May 12 and the final in Madrid on June 1, with Jamie Carragher telling The Anfield Wrap it “pissed him off” because “you lose a bit of that rhythm.”

But Liverpool utilised the period well, with a short break followed by a week of intense training in Marbella including a 3-0 behind-closed-doors friendly win over Benfica B.

And speaking as part of the club’s UEFA Media Day at Melwood on Tuesday, Klopp explained how he felt it was a positive situation for both his side and Tottenham.

“[It’s] not negative, because both teams had the same time to use, or lose, rhythm,” he told reporters.

“That’s how it is, our life is a constant struggle.

“The Europa League final three years ago, we played after three days. So ask me three days or three weeks and I’ll always take three weeks, 100 percent.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 18, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (right) celebrates with Roberto Firmino after the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“For Tottenham it was for sure good, a lot of injuries [to rehab], but we had as well with Bobby especially, he could use the time between his injury and the final.

“Keep the rhythm, do the right things in training—we do that a lot, even in pre-season.

“We had a game last Saturday, an internal game, just to keep the rhythm, do different things, and it was good, it was fine.

“But in the end, a final, with the things we did, we and Tottenham, we’ll all be fresher than three weeks ago on the last matchday.

“Both teams are like this, so it will maybe be a more lively final than we witnessed in the past.

“In the end it’s about digging the game and playing it, don’t worry, don’t think, just play the game how you always played it.

Alderweireld reacts after scoring an own goal, Liverpool's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images)

“We don’t have to change things, we know Tottenham play different systems, but it only influences you if you’re not ready to react to it.

“You have to remind yourself from time to time how strong your team is.

“For all the analysis of our opponent, we are there as well.”

Klopp also provided an update on the fitness of Roberto Firmino, saying he “will be fine,” with the striker among the 26 players to take part in Liverpool’s open training session at Melwood.

* Video source: ISNTV

More from This Is Anfield



Fan Comments