In the latest Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp says he wants his players to treat Saturday’s Champions League final as just another game and not be inhibited by the occasion.
The Reds are gearing up for their first European Cup final since 2007, having enjoyed a storybook run to Kiev, with few having given them a chance of getting this far.
To be crowned European champions for a sixth time they will need to get the better of Real Madrid, a side seeking a third successive Champions League crown and unprecedented 13th overall.
Unlike his squad, Klopp does have experience of participating in a Champions League final, having taken charge of Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 showpiece, losing to Bayern Munich at Wembley.
The German admits he felt like he would not get another shot at winning the European Cup following the defeat and hopes his players can put the occasion to one side and focus on playing their natural game.
When asked how he had prepared for such a big game, Klopp said: “Nothing special in this week. We only have an agreement that I am responsible for the defeats, so they have nothing to lose.
“I think most of the players will be a bit nervous before the game, that is normal, but in the game shoot, strike, cross, make headers, bicycle kicks if you want. 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.”
Klopp was asked about whether Emre Can could feature in the squad for the final after a back injury. However, he kept his cards close to his chest on the topic of who is fit for the clash at the Olympic Stadium.
“We are in a much better position than we were weeks ago (with injuries),” he added. “We are as fresh as we can be after these two weeks.”