May 24, 2022 – Liverpool are in the Champions League final for the third time in five years, Real Madrid are in the Big Ears Cup for the fifth time in eight years. In 2018, the clubs already competed against each other. At that time the Spaniards took the lead. Jürgen Klopp sees that his team has grown compared to back then.
“We have learned over the past few years to focus and concentrate at the very highest level,” said the coach at the press conference before the final. “I’m very happy with how the boys have developed in recent years. Some players are going into their third Champions League final with Liverpool, it’s really incredible. The plan now is to do what we’ve been doing for the past few years: be high pressure and be productive.”
Klopp knows it won’t be easy to beat Real Madrid. The Spaniards have eliminated Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in great games this edition. “It’s always difficult against Real. They’re a world-class team, they know how to win games. They’re still a top team, despite a lot of changes in recent years. They’ve changed a lot at the back and Ronaldo is there.” not anymore, but they still have Benzema.”
The fact that Liverpool have reached the final twice in recent years may make them more difficult to beat. That’s what the German coach says. “It’s not just about being a good footballer, it’s also about learning to win. We now have experience with that. That’s only good.”