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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson intent on taking final step against Real

Jürgen Klopp’s inspirational reaction to losing the 2016 Europa League final convinced Henderson they would be ready next time

The mood in the Liverpool team hotel was understandably bleak following defeat by Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final. Players were allowed to drink but there was little conversation flowing that night in Basel until Jürgen Klopp, at the end of his first season as manager, addressed the squad. “It felt shit three hours ago and it still feels shit now,” he began. “But we will be back.” It was the defiance behind those prophetic words that made the greatest impression on Jordan Henderson.

Klopp launched into a hoarse version of “We Are Liverpool” once his rallying call was over. It was a stoic effort considering he had just suffered a fifth consecutive cup final defeat but, to Liverpool’s captain, there was a confidence born in Klopp that night that has underpinned progress to Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. It is the belief that next time, this time, Liverpool will be ready.

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