Klopp hints at more pragmatic approach to Champions League final

Liverpool have arrived at the Champions League final after playing some sensationally swashbuckling football, but Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he could adopt a more pragmatic approach to their game against Real Madrid.

The Reds have scored the most goals in the competition so far this season, finding the net an impressive 40 times, with their front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of them.

They are one game away from lifting the sixth European crown of their prestigious history, but standing in their way are 12 time winners Real Madrid.

Armed with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco and more, Los Blancos certainly aren’t strangers in the art of scoring goals, and while Liverpool’s attack is impressive, their defence is less so, shipping goals with great regularity.

Speaking ahead of the crunch tie, Jurgen Klopp has hinted he may be more pragmatic than usual in Kiev:

“I never thought about my philosophy [when I arrived at Liverpool]. I only thought about the game,” he said.

“We adapted constantly to the next level the players gave us the opportunity to.

“We’ve always tried to play the football suited to the players. We think this style of football makes us as successful as possible.

“We’ll adapt to the level and quality of Real Madrid tomorrow.

“We don’t want to ignore that. We’re interested in their skills.

“We should be prepared after a little session tonight and then we can show what we know about Madrid. It’s possible [we can win].

“I believe in using your own strengths, first. And then you adapt to what the opponent is asking for. That’s exactly 50/50.”


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