How Jurgen Klopp used Liverpool's Kiev heartbreak to mastermind route to consecutive Champions League finals

Liverpool will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final this Saturday, and Jurgen Klopp has revealed how it is a showdown forged from the misery experienced in Kiev.

Last May the Reds agonisingly missed out on reclaiming their European crown for a sixth time as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.

Goalkeeper Loris Karius made two colossal mistakes which saw the La Liga giants retain their title.

This weekend Liverpool fans will descend on the Spanish capital in the hope their side can get the ultimate revenge by winning the trophy they watched Zinedine Zidane's side parade around the NSC Olympiyskiy stadium.

But the Reds' boss has admitted the moment he first dreamed of reaching the 2019 final was in Kiev.

The German coach, speaking to, said: "Now we are here again and what it says about the team is they don’t give up, they don’t stop.

"I was standing behind all the guys in the (airport) queue and going to the plane and I really thought, 'We have to come back, we have to go back and get this thing right!' And that we have that chance in the next year immediately is big, it’s really big.

"But, we respect the opponent massively of course. We respect them as a good team with a very special Champions League story as well this year. So, it will be a tough game, of course," Klopp added.

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