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Missing out on title has increased Champions League desire claims Klopp

Missing out on the Premier League title on the last day of the season has given Liverpool an extra edge heading into the Champions League final, manager Jurgen Klopp said.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool
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Despite Liverpool coming from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at Anfield, in Manchester City hit back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa and clinch back-to-back titles.

Liverpool, who have already won the League Cup and FA Cup, could add a seventh European crown to their collection in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday.

“This season is absolutely incredible and will not end today, it ends next week obviously,” Klopp told reporters. “And there we will try absolutely everything.

Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield
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Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield Jack Thomas - WWFCGetty

Klopp’s focus turns to Paris

“We have now five days to prepare the final, that’s what we will do. “And of course, losing the league today increased the desire to put it right next week, it increased the desire.”

Klopp also congratulated City and manager Pep Guardiola on winning their fourth Premier League title in five years.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp
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“I am proud but I’m disappointed, of course, as well,” Klopp said. “There are maybe worse scenarios, if you would have been a point up and don’t make it, that might feel even worse.

“Congratulations to Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, all staff, all players, whole club, for being champions. We were close but in the end not close enough. That’s how it is.”

Champions League 2021/2022

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Liverpool - Real MadridS-28/05 15:00

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Liverpool face the Spanish champions in Paris on May 28 in a rematch of the 2018 showpiece in Kyiv, which Real Madrid won 3-1.