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Klopp To Win The Cup For Liverpool
Klopp to Win the Cup for Liverpool
As the clock ticks towards kick-off of the final of UEFA’s second tier competition tonight, there’s a unique desperation among the finalists – Liverpool and Sevilla. Just like the domestic cup competitions in big leagues in Europe (Copa Del Rey – Spain; FA Cup – England; DFB – Pokal – Germany and others), where the winners of the tourney have the added incentive of direct entry into the Europa League; tonight’s winner too have an eye on that salivating enticement of direct entry into the prestigious Champions League rather than just winning the Europa League.
Thus, both the finalists have the same motivational triggers, something, which, perhaps, the teams they beat (Villarreal and Shakhtar Donetsk) didn’t have. Villarreal finished fourth in La Liga and will play the Champions League play-offs, while Shakhtar don’t usually have a problem qualifying for the Champions League.
Sevilla had tasted blood once, having gained direct entry into the Champions League last year as Europa League winners when, for the first time, this new rule was introduced. They have regularly finished outside the top four in Spain over the last few years, quite content to play the Europa League, where they’ve enjoyed extraordinary success wining it four times in the last decade.
Having won the trophy back to back in 2014 and 2015, the Spaniards now want to create a new record by being the first team ever to win three UEFA Cup or Europa League trophies in a row. They already are the leading winners of this competition, having won the second tier of UEFA’s competition four times.
Should Liverpool beat them tonight, then they’ll be able to match the Spaniards as four time winners of this tournament. The omens bode well for the English team, as they’d beaten a Spanish team (Alaves) the last time they went on to win the trophy way back in 2001.
However, Sevilla have already overcome English opposition in this competition, having thrashed Middlesbrough 4-0 in the 2006 final.
Thus, it might appear difficult to say, which way luck might swing in this game. But, looking at the way Klopp’s Liverpool have brushed aside opposition in the Europa League this season, it is difficult to see them not winning tonight.
Klopp Factor Key for Liverpool
Why Klopp struggled with Borussia Dortmund towards the end of his reign at that club is a mystery. His failure to keep the German club at the top half of the Bundesliga left a bad taste in the mouths’ of all possible big name suitors, yet Liverpool somehow didn’t lose faith in his talent and hired him. And, what a good decision it was. The fresh challenge has invigorated the German, who’s is at his old best. I don’t see Sevilla completing a hatrick of Europe’s second string competition. They’ve done well to have made it to the final and also by avoiding Klopp’s Liverpool, who without a shade of doubt will strip them of their Europa League crown tonight at Basel.
And, it’s not because Sevilla don’t have the ability to beat Liverpool, but because they (Manager Unai Emery and everything that makes Sevilla a success) are no match to the hunger displayed by Klopp for European success – Liverpool desperately want that Europa League title, not that they just want to win a European trophy, but because the winners are offered a ticket to next season’s Champions League, which they have no chance of making it due to their domestic league position.
It’s the same case with Sevilla, but as of now, Liverpool have displayed more hunger then Sevilla, as Klopp their new manager is eager to win a trophy and prove his mettle, which he would by winning the Europa League tonight, which would settle him at Liverpool and make him the most successful manager among all the foreign managers hired by EPL teams in 2015-16 season, as far as Europe is concerned.