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Champions League final: Klopp speaks on Zidane being "tactically clueless"

26 May, 2018, 15:38 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg at the Stadio Olimpico Rome

"What I said to the boys before the semifinal [against Roma] was that I don't think we are [here for] the last time". Having dismantled the Serie A side 5-2 in the first leg in a brilliant display of attacking football, the Merseysiders conceded two late goals to lose the return leg 4-2 but never looked in danger of being knocked out.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum echoed his manager's sense of belonging in the upper reaches of Europe, adding he believes the club and its supporters have been waiting for a moment like this. We always read about how players have a dream to play for one of the great Spanish clubs.

Expect the same frantic, high pressure start we've seen from Liverpool for much of the season with their front three closing down the Madrid defence high up the pitch and trying to force them into making mistakes. "I have been brought to hopefully get the best out of myself and the team, with the help of everyone else".

Klopp, however, is concerned only with what Salah can win in Ukraine. It wouldn't help. Unfortunately, we can not ask majority [for help] any more, " Klopp added. I think there will be a lot of goals, but in the end experience will make the difference. I was very happy that he could sign, and proud [for him] because later Michael Owen came, Jonathan Woodgate came.

I missed out on the 2000 final. and that was a little bit unusual.

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Madrid captain Ramos embodies this Real side as he tends to save his best for the big occasion.

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Just as Liverpool have had their issues at the back, so have Madrid, and the amount of genuine chances they coughed up against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals should be enough to give the Reds some real encouragement.

Wijnaldum admits it is hurdle they must overcome but feels the general progress being made is equally important.

"He's the best", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said of Ronaldo, "and he proves it every year". Four? So only in six games you can drop points.

"Do all the things you want in a football game because it is only a football game, a big one for sure, but only a football game". "That's really hard. We just want to work to that level to compete with teams that do this".

Few could have imagined Salah's impact, powering the five-time European champions to their first Champions League final in 11 years with 11 goals in a run that began in the playoff round.

"It hurt that night, but you can use that as motivation going forward and we've done that since that night".

"The Villarreal game was a show of confidence. Nobody expected us to be here but we are here because we are Liverpool".

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