Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes the seeds of their Champions League final appearance against Real Madrid were sown two years ago thanks to a rousing speech by Jurgen Klopp.
Immediately after one of the lowest points in his career, having watched the 2016 Europa League defeat to Sevilla as an unused substitute because he was not fully fit, the midfielder was inspired by his manager’s motivational words.
Klopp foretold there would be more finals to come, outlining his vision of where he wanted the club to go, and Henderson was hooked.
“We were obviously down but when we got back to the hotel the manager had something different to say,” he said.
“He looked at the bigger picture and the future and he felt as though it could be a big moment in our careers to learn from the experience.
“He had this sort of vision that made me think in the future we’d get to another final.
“He wanted to use the experience of that final to keep us together and use it as a positive. If we got to another final we’d be ready.
“At that moment I sensed that he could see that he was confident about getting to another final.
“I can’t remember word-for-word but he had something about him that felt it was the start of something, something he felt he could take forward and definitely get the team to another final.
“I definitely remember that night. I think you can see how he has taken the team forward since then has been fantastic.”