VILLARREAL, SPAIN - Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates as his side reach the Final beating Villarreal during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg game between Villarreal CF and Liverpool FC at the Estadio de la Cerámica. Liverpool won 3-2 (5-2 on aggregate).(Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp equals Sir Alex Ferguson with incredible Champions League record

Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool to a third Champions League final, but with it the German’s fourth as a manager he has matched a record held by Sir Alex Ferguson.

It is an incredible feat, with the Reds booking their place in a third Champions League final in the space of five years.

Liverpool have now reached the European Cup final 10 times in their history, and this season they remain in with a chance of winning a trophy quadruple.

Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over Villarreal, clinching a 5-2 aggregate win in the semi-finals, came five days after the news of Klopp’s new contract – the German further etching an indelible legacy on Merseyside.

Klopp brought a winning pedigree with him to Anfield when he arrived back in 2015, but he has undoubtedly stepped it up at Liverpool.

On a personal level, he has now booked a fourth Champions League final place, following up his impressive run with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 with finals at Liverpool in 2018, 2019 and 2022.

As detailed by Opta, Klopp has now reached the joint-most Champions League finals of any manager in the history of the tournament:

Ferguson, along with Marcello Lippi and Carlo Ancelotti, have also managed four Champions League finals, which puts Klopp in legendary company.

Stretching back into the history of the European Cup, Klopp is joint-top, too, with Miguel Munoz also managing in four.

Furthermore, Ferguson (four) is the only manager to lead an English side into more European Cup finals than Klopp (three).

Klopp is now tied with his predecessor, Bob Paisley (three), moving ahead of both Joe Fagan and Rafa Benitez along with Brian Clough (all two).

A remarkable feat – and on May 28, Klopp could also draw level with Ferguson with his second Champions League trophy.