Jurgen Klopp says “there was a real amount of doubt” about Liverpool’s players when he was appointed manager.
Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers after the Northern Irishman was sacked in October, with the club struggling in mid-table.
The German improved their Premier League standing only slightly with an eighth-placed finish, but progression to the finals of the Capital One Cup and Europa League have offset any domestic disappointment.
The Capital One Cup final ended in defeat to Manchester City in February, but the Reds have an opportunity to cap a mixed season with a trophy when they face Sevilla in Basel on Wednesday.
“I don’t feel the pressure. I cannot change. I feel opportunity,” Klopp said. “I don’t think I have all the time in the world but I don’t think I’ve ever felt doubt around me. If that’s right I don’t know, maybe I’m not sensitive, but it leaves me completely free to make decisions and completely free to get us all together.
“I came here because I was really convinced about the quality of these players. At the start I was the only person who thought this but that’s not a problem. To see how they deserve this final makes me feel really happy.
“I don’t know what will happen in the game tomorrow but, for everything on our way, the experience will be really good.
“I am really pleased for the boys and that I can be part of this moment with the team. When I came here there was a real amount of doubt about these players so I am really happy they could show how strong they are.
“Tomorrow is an opportunity to make the final step in this season and achieve something together. Let’s try it.”