Klopp dismisses Liverpool favorites tag
Klopp dismisses Liverpool favorites tag

Klopp dismisses Liverpool favorites tag

Jurgen Klopp believes his side are not the favourites in their UEFA Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspurs slated for Madrid on Saturday.

The second all-English European final of the season will be played in Madrid and Klopp does not feel either side should be considered the favourites.

"If I thought Tottenham had an advantage, I would be mad," Klopp told a news conference on Friday.

"I know people say we are the favourites because we have more points in the league. But if you saw our games against Tottenham this season, it was only 2-1. There's no advantage before the game.”

Last year's final in Kiev saw Liverpool lose to Real Madrid, with Loris Karius making two poor errors and Mohamed Salah being substituted with a shoulder injury after a clash with Sergio Ramos.

Poor Record

Klopp himself also has a poor record in finals, suffering defeats in his last six spanning his time on Merseyside and at previous club Borussia Dortmund.

"All the circumstances were different [in the finals I've been in], the teams were different," Klopp added. "If I were the reason for losing six finals then everyone needs to worry. Last year was a world-class goal and two strange goals we normally don’t concede.

"We're a year older. Players like Trent [Alexander-Arnold] have 50 more games in their legs. The boys performed in the final [last year]. It was not like we didn't have many chances.

Spurs are widely perceived to be underdogs for Saturday's clash, with Liverpool having finished 26 points better off in the Premier League.

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