"We are Liverpool and we are not just a good team". The latter stages of the Champions League are being used to find evidence of luck and favourable refereeing decisions in order to form an opinion on the Frenchman because nobody seems to have a definitive one. "Change the game when you can, that's it". They have already achieved a historic event with their third Champions League final in three years.
Aminu Mai-unguwa Mohamed is such a staunch supporter of Liverpool's rivals Chelsea that he is known by his friends as Aminu Mai-unguwa Chelsea, yet he had this to say to the BBC about his support for Salah: "I have faith in Salah, his team will be successful in winning the cup".
It seems as though the pressure is off his players, as Klopp (who has lost all five of his major finals as a manager) believes the experience of Real is key but still thinks his players are quite capable of causing an upset.
Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp have been on a path to discovering their identity. The fundamentals of football are all that matter: score more than the opponent. "This season was exceptional, unbelievable so far".
Real Madrid's boss Zinedine Zidane (L) and Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp face each other in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev on May 26, 2018.More news: Putin says he will step down in 2024 as constitution requires
It's not revelatory stuff to find out that elite football players are starving for success regardless of how much they've experienced in the past.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah admitted it would be "a dream" to cap a sensational debut season at Anfield by ending Real Madrid's European reign in the Champions League final on Sunday morning (Singapore time).
"I still feel in defensive midfield they may need an addition. When I do something, I want to do it in the best possible way".
Described as a cross between a goalscoring number nine and creative number 10 by Brazil coach Tite, Liverpool will hope Firmino's movement can drag another Madrid Champions League specialist in Ramos out of position. "We are as fresh as we can be after these two weeks", he said. When the whistle goes that is a different story, but when we arrive in Kiev, when we see all the Liverpool fans, when we go on the pitch for the warm-up, we have to enjoy it and make yourself ready. But this is not a simple algorithm and traditional logic does not apply. Zidane has many possibilities.More news: Spotify is reportedly rethinking its ‘hateful conduct’ policy
"I know exactly how I have to play", insisted Marcelo on Friday.
The physiological side of the game will be seen in how the teams line up and how they go about trying to win.
Of course, Real Madrid thrive in the Champions League and there will be no lack of motivation ahead of their clash with Liverpool. They can play with a devil-may-care attitude and you could argue that this is when they're most unsafe.
As Zidane and Klopp go out to try to end the debate over what they actually do on the bench, the victor could kill that chat abruptly.More news: Rockets outlast Warriors, edge closer to NBA Finals