Jurgen Klopp has defended his own personal record of losing six consecutive finals in all competitions, suggesting he should be praised for actually getting to the finals in the first place.
Saturday night’s Champions League final against Spurs will be Klopp’s eighth appearance at a major final as a manager, and he will be looking to reverse a record which reads one win followed by six consecutive defeats.
After taking over at Dortmund in 2008, it was 2012 when Klopp first reached a cup final, and he couldn’t have got off to a better start, beating Bayern Munich 5-2 in the DFB Pokal.
Since then though, it has been downhill for the former defender, losing the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley and the DFB Pokal in 2014, both to Bayern, as well as losing the 2015 Pokal final to Wolfsburg.
Just four months after replacing Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, Klopp had steered his new club to the final of the League Cup in 2016, but once again, he was on the losing side, losing 3-1 on penalties to Man City.
Less than three months later though, Liverpool were once again lining up in another final, and despite taking the lead in the Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel, Unai Emery’s side came back to win 3-1 to win their third consecutive Europa League.
Then of course, 12 months ago, the Reds were once again on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline, losing to Real Madrid over in Kiev in the 2018 Champions League final, but speaking ahead of tomorrow’s showpiece finale in Madrid, Klopp defended his record at the final hurdle of big competitions.
“If I would be the reason for losing six finals in a row, then everybody needs to worry really. So if that’s not the case then we always have to have a chance and that’s how we see it actually,” Klopp said at his press conference.
“Since 2012, apart from 2017, I was with my team every year in the final. So we came there sometimes with luck in some moments, but most of the time because we had to go there, so I am probably in the moment world-record holder in the last seven years at least in winning semi-finals.
“I’m a normal human being, so if I would sit in the room and think it’s all about me, I’m the reason, if I would see myself as a ‘loser’ or whatever, then we all would have a problem, but I don’t see it like this.
“I think there can be moments that are lucky and unlucky and in the few finals I was part of we were never on the lucky side, it’s true, but I cannot change that.”