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Jurgen Klopp ramped up his charisma setting to full power as he urged Liverpool to take their place in history.

Klopp could not have seemed more relaxed in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, sharing jokes and making self-effacing observations as he concluded the final preparations for Real Madrid

He admitted he wanted to absorb all the pressure from his players and the virtuouso performance must have helped. As skipper Jordan Henderson and centre-back Virgil Van Dijk sat giggling alongside him when asked about the coach's qualities, the overall message was synchronised.

“We’re ready for big things,” said Klopp.

“I am pretty sure in the second before the game Real Madrid will be more confident than we are but that is not a problem because the game doesn't end in that second, it only starts. We've had two weeks to prepare and analyse. I've looked at the teams they've played and they have played really strong teams but they never played us and we are Liverpool. Not only are we a really good football team but this club has in its DNA to go for the big things.

“Nobody expected us to be here but we are here because we are Liverpool. The team with the most goals in the run to the final – it's us. I can't believe it but it's true. We scored the most goals and had exceptional performances. The experience they have is an advantage 100% but in the game experience does not help you all the time. We need to make it as difficult as we can for them. We cannot try to fight on their level but tactics in football are there to bring a better opponent to your level and when they are on your level you can beat them.

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