Jurgen Klopp’s final ‘curse’ – and why it will be different for Liverpool in Champions League against Tottenham

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A common theme runs through all of Jurgen Klopp’s recent finals but something is different for Liverpool against Tottenham in Madrid

In between the two legs of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp was asked a question.

Liverpool were 3-0 down from the first game in Camp Nou while also facing the very real possibility of gaining 97 points in the Premier League and still not winning the title.

destined to forever be against him?

“I was never cursed, I don’t feel cursed,” he said.

“I think now these defeats are the biggest defeats in my life. But you ask me 30 years before I became a manager I had defeats in my life which I felt were the biggest in my life.

“But I still carried on. So for me that’s what life is about.”

The top-flight fear proved correct as Manchester City kept on winning to emerge a point clear of Liverpool in the final standings.

Barcelona, though, was a different story, as the Reds and Klopp carried on to produce arguably the greatest night in Anfield history to win the return match 4-0 and set up Saturday’s Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

Almost immediately, Klopp was fielding question on his finals record.

It isn’t great.

As well as his Liverpool record, Klopp lost three of his four showpiece occasions when in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

The one victory came in his first final, a 5-2 thumping of Bayern Munich that sealed the German domestic double in 2012.Since then, Klopp’s final record has been one of woe. Six games, six defeats.

However, a common theme runs through all of them.

Klopp’s side were, in every case, the underdogs.

In the 2013, Bayern Munich were the Bundesliga champions when they saw off Dortmund in the Champions League final by winning 2-1 at Wembley.

And the following year it was the same story as Bayern won the DFB Pokal – the German Cup – final 2-0.Twelve months later, another DFB Pokal final in Klopp’s last game in charge saw a 3-1 defeat to a Wolfsburg side who had finished second in the Bundesliga, a mammoth 23 points ahead of Dortmund.

At Liverpool, it has been more of the same. Moneybags Manchester City won on penalties in the League Cup final in 2016, while later that campaign Sevilla completed a hat-trick of Europa League triumphs in Basel.

And 12 months ago, Real Madrid won a third successive Champions League final by overcoming Liverpool in Kiev.

This time, though, it is different.

Tottenham Hotspur may have thrilled in the manner of their progress to Madrid, but Liverpool will walk out as clear favourites at the Estadio Metropolitano on Saturday.

The Reds finished 26 points ahead of the Londoners in the Premier League, and won 2-1 both home and away in the domestic meetings between the sides.

And in nine meetings between Klopp and Mauricio Pochetinno, the Liverpool boss has lost only once.

Liverpool are favourites on Saturday. For once, that should be embraced as a significant positive as Klopp aims to prove there’s no such thing as a curse.

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