Europa League final press conference – Klopp: ‘We will give everything’

Europa League Final
Wednesday 18 May 2016 - 7:45 pm
St Jakob's Park, Basle
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken to the press ahead of tomorrow's Europa League final.

Henderson, Milner, Klopp

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The reds manager was preceded by club captain Jordan Henderson and vice captain James Milner in fielding questions from the media.

Henderson and Milner

Milner was asked about the reward of playing in the Champions League for the winner and if it mattered more than actually winning a trophy.  He said no.

Meanwhile Henderson was pushed on whether he would be involved in the team.  He batted away suggestions that the team had been decided - suggesting the players would find out before kick off (obviously tongue-in-cheek).

Jurgen Klopp

Klopp had spent time out on the pitch before the press conference and was trying to keep the hype down as much as he could.

The players who arrived yesterday may not yet have witnessed the large numbers of fans who have already begun to stream into the city - although the majority of fans are expected to arrive tomorrow.

A short 'training session' will be held on the pitch shortly after the press conference - something Klopp is hardly looking forward to!

Jurgen was asked about the tournament as a whole - Rubin Kazan at Anfield was his first home game as Liverpool boss.  He said that the team have equipped themselves well over the course of the tournament despite the difficult fixture congestion.

Jurgen was asked about his long term commitment to clubs - he spent 7 years at Mainz and 7 years at Dortmund before joining Liverpool.

Klopp was asked about the opposition.  He congratulated them and said both teams had committed themselves to this competition and they both deserve to be there in the final.

Klopp went on to speak about how Spanish sides currently play the best football in Europe - a question that was sparked by a reporter who mentioned that only Liverpool and Spanish clubs have knocked other Spanish clubs out of Europe.

Klopp Europa League final press conference

The game kicks off tomorrow night at 7:45pm BST.

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