19:45 – Jürgen Klopp quoted Mario Götze at the press conference ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday night. The German midfielder faced a move to Bayern Munich in 2013, also facing the final battle for the billion dollar ball. This time Sadio Mané would face a move to Der Rekordmeister.
“Bayern Munich again and again,” Klopp smiled like a peasant with a toothache when asked about the rumors about Mané. The Liverpool attacker is mentioned a lot at Bayern Munich, which happened to Götze when he played for Borussia Dortmund with Jurgen Klopp at the helm in 2013. “This isn’t the first time such a rumor has circulated ahead of a crucial final. But Mane is fully focused on the Champions League final.”
The German was also asked who, in his eyes, is the favorite for the final: Real Madrid. “Because they have more experience,” argued Klopp, who also came with good injury news. “Fabinho has been training all week and Thiago came back on Thursday. Everything is fine with them,” emphasized the manager, who thus has a fit selection. Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah are also there.
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It was also about the venue of the Champions League final: Paris instead of Saint Petersburg, which has everything to do with the war in Ukraine. “There are a thousand reasons why I should be happy that the final is taking place in Paris,” said Klopp after much pondering. “We play this game 100 percent for the people of Ukraine.”