Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his special relationship with his Liverpool squad ahead of the Reds' Champions League showdown with Real Madrid following a "crazy" campaign.
Liverpool travel to Kiev in the hopes of securing their first European title in 13 years, against a Madrid side in the hunt for their third successive Champions League triumph.
Klopp's side have overcome Porto, Manchester City and Roma in the knock-out stages, netting 17 goals across the three ties.
And the German, whose Borussia Dortmund side were beaten by Bayern Munich in the 2012-13 final, has no doubts Liverpool have earned their place in Saturday's final.
Klopp proud of Liverpool
"I'm immensely proud of what the boys have achieved," Klopp told UEFA's official website.
"The number of goals we scored is simply crazy. We've scored seven goals twice and five goals twice, too.
"That's really [crazy], because we aren't Barcelona, we aren't Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. We are Liverpool, on the way to becoming a really good team.
"It's been a crazy ride, but we've earned our place here.
"Me as a person, I want to have a close relationship with them, because I want to understand [the players].
"I'm grateful to them for what they've achieved. There are many teams at the same level as us, who earn as much or even more than our players, but they don't perform as well."
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4-1 vs Juventus in 2017
1-1 vs Atletico in 2016
4-1 vs Atletico in 2014
2-1 vs B. Leverkursen in 2002
3-0 vs Valencia in 2000
1-0 vs Juventus in 1998
0-1 vs LIVERPOOL in 1981