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Klopp calls on UEFA to be ‘more sensible and reasonable’ when making final decisions

Jurgen Klopp has called on UEFA to be ‘more sensible and reasonable’ when making decisions regarding European finals.

For the first time in history, both European finals will be played by teams from the same country, with Liverpool meeting Tottenham in the Champions League final and Arsenal and Chelsea contesting the final of the Europa League.

Whilst Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham will be played in Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea fans will have to travel around 2800 miles from London to Baku.

The clubs have been handed just 6000 tickets each for the final, despite the stadium having a capacity of 69,000 and Klopp has sympathised with fans having to make the long journey to Azerbaijan.

“Travel agencies and hotels are not silly, obviously,” Klopp said in Friday’s press conference.

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“With Madrid, it is unbelievably expensive, but at least it’s not another part of the world. How can you have finals in Kiev and Baku? I don’t know what these travel guys have for breakfast.

“Last year we went to Kiev. Baku, we have no record of how to go there. These decisions must be much more sensible and reasonable.

“I don’t know how they do it. In the cities they get the final maybe they make a price cut that it will not be more than this in a specific category? A room that is usually £100 is now £2,700. I sympathise with that a lot.”

Klopp was also critical of the scheduling of the UEFA Nations League shortly after the final of the tournament.

Liverpool are likely to have several players called up for the Nations League finals, including the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the tournament beginning just five days after the Champions League final.

“On June 1 we have the Champions League final and on 6 June this wonderful tournament,” he added.

“If we don’t learn to protect these players it is the only chance to kill this wonderful game.”

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