If you’re a Liverpool supporter, you only need to think back to the beginning of October and how poor the squad looked; back in the fall, you would have never expected that we’d be playing European football in May, but on the eve of the Europa League final, we’re doing just that and it’s a testament both to how much this squad has grown over the past year and the influence that Jurgen Klopp has had on them.
“When I came here, there was a big amount of doubt about these players and now I am really happy they could show how strong they are,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking for the press ahead of the meeting with the Spanish side. “Tomorrow is a big opportunity to make a final step, not the final step, but the final step in this season. To achieve something great,” enthused the charismatic German. “I am really happy to be here with this club and this team, so let’s try it.”
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In a match that’s sure to be finely poised, the Reds manager has chose to highlight how much the little things matter as two sides at the top of their game jockey for advantage. Although he’s insisted that the squad has prepared for the meeting with Sevilla in very much the same way that they’ve gotten ready for their other forays into the Europa League, the fact that these kind of matches are often decided on the minutest mistakes has not gone without mention — though he’s insinuated that doesn’t mean they’ll be taking an overly cautious approach. In fact, his talk of risk and reaction may hint at quite a different strategy.
“A lot of things will be important tomorrow, it’s all about football. If you are a neutral viewer, it’s easier to enjoy if you see two teams on the highest level battling for each little opportunity, each little advantage,” explained Klopp, keen to delve into the philosophical. “In a final especially, you need to be ready. You need to be ready to make mistakes, even when the whole world is watching, because football doesn’t work without mistakes,” he said, matter-of-factly. “It’s all about reaction to the things that didn’t work how you wanted. It’s all about finding the next solution, that’s all,” continued the wily tactician with a knowing grin. “It’s concentration on the highest level, using your skill on the highest level. I enjoy being part of it, so everything is OK.”