Jurgen Klopp eager for winner’s medal

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Jurgen Klopp is determined to try and avoid adding another lost cup final to his CV when Liverpool take on Sevilla in the Europa League final.

The 48-year-old German lost a Champions League final and two DFB-Pokal finals during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund, while he has already guided the Reds to the Capital One Cup final this season, where they lost on penalties to Manchester City.

And Klopp is eager to make up for those defeats by guiding the Reds to glory in Basel on Wednesday evening, feeling that eventually the hard work of he and his players will pay off.

He told reporters: “The longer you go without winning anything, the harder you try and the more likely you are to succeed. That’s what I believe. At home I have too many silver medals, but it is better than no medals.”

Liverpool are priced at 8/13 to lift the Europa League trophy, while they are 12/1 to win after extra-time and 10/1 to triumph in a penalty shootout.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp expects there to be plenty of chances at St Jakob Park and he believes that that will suit his side, who have scored eight goals in their last four European games and seen off the likes of Manchester United, Dortmund and Villarreal to reach the final.

He added: “It will be an open game, but I always say that open games are games that we can win.

“All we have done since we have been together has been to be perfectly prepared for a game like this. I don’t feel the pressure, I feel an opportunity.”

Klopp is still waiting to see whether striker Divock Origi is passed fit to play some part in the game, but skipper Jordan Henderson is expected to feature after making a quicker than expected recovery from a knee ligament injury.

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