Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference – Real Madrid vs Liverpool (Video)

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Liverpool manager addressed the assembled media ahead of the Champions League final against as he says his side are ready for the battle in Kiev.

Liverpool knocked out , and Roma in the knockout stages of the competition to book their place in the final at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.

Klopp’s side, however, face a mammoth task against Spanish giants Real Madrid who will be looking to add a third consecutive Champions League victory to their name and their 13th overall.

However, the Reds are looking to add a sixth European Cup to their own much decorated history and Klopp believes his side have are ready for the challenge ahead of them.

“We feel really good. It has been a very exciting journey so far. Now we want to bring it to the best possible end,” the German boss said.

“They are more experienced—that is a fact. Experience is important in life, but it is not the only thing.

“You can level it with desire, attitude and work-rate—and that is why I love football.”

Klopp believes his characteristic brand and style of ‘all-inclusive football’ has helped the Reds achieve European success so far this season.

“For me, it’s the easiest way to describe [our style]. My wife told me already that I’m kind of a drama in football, it’s always until the last second either in specific games or the season – I don’t like that too much but it’s obviously true,” the manager said.

“In the moment when you think the game is done, then Rome scores twice! But it’s no problem, we are still here, and we will learn from that, 100 per cent, and we learned a lot already.

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“But now it’s clear, if we would’ve played like Juventus or would’ve tried to play like them, we would’ve gone out in the group stage. If we would’ve tried to play like Bayern, , Real Madrid, whatever, we would’ve been out in the group stage.

“So we have to be a little bit more lively than other teams because we have a lack of experience in comparison with the really big teams. For example, Real Madrid are a world-class team [and] we are a top-class team – there’s still a difference and if you are not on the same level, you have to invest more, you have to do more.

“Doing more can lead to more mistakes as well, but I don’t think at the moment there’s any alternative to that and that’s why we do it like we do it. But how I said, our game changed already plenty of times. We look more mature in different moments. In a few games it was a little bit of a mix of [being] unlucky and not 100 per cent concentrated, or the intensity of the season because we had obviously a few injury problems.

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“But I really love that season so far because it was for us a big step. Last year we were fourth, had a final against Middlesbrough – nobody wanted that but we had it and we won it and it was cool and we celebrated it until we realised had to play against Hoffenheim.

“Everybody said it constantly over the year but we don’t play international football during the week – true. And this year we had international football and obviously our longest journey so far and we are still qualified for the Champions League, so for us it’s a big step and I really like that.

“How I said, [it’s a] good moment for Liverpool and now we have to round it up.”

Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference – Real Madrid vs Liverpool (Video)

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