Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to end his cup final hoodoo with victory over Real Madrid at the end of May.
Liverpool fans are already making plans for the Champions League final later this month after a pulsating night in Rome, progressing to their first final since 2007.
They should, however, possess an air of caution ahead of the May 26th showpiece as their manager Jurgen Klopp is hardly a master of finals success having lost five in a row.
Some would call him unlucky, while others will claim his inability or unwillingness to change his style of play when needed could be his biggest downfall and the reason behind his final failures.
2012 DFB Pokal Final
Klopp’s only success in cup competitions came in 2012 when his Borussia Dortmund side won the DFB Pokal in Berlin by thrashing Bayern Munich 5-2.
Klopp enjoyed adding the trophy to his Bundesliga success. Had he known what was in store in his finals to come, he may have savoured that winning feeling a bit longer.
2016 League Cup Final
The Liverpool boss has already lost two cup finals with Liverpool. The 2016 League Cup Final was the German’s perfect opportunity to kick start his reign at Liverpool, having taken over from the sacked Brendan Rodgers the previous October.
Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City took the trophy after a 3-1 win in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
Willy Caballero was the hero in the shootout making three crucial saves from Lucas, Coutinho and Adam Lallana. Yaya Toure converted the winning penalty.
2016 Europe League Final
If that final was hard to take the Europa League final defeat in St Jakob Park Basel at the hands of Sevilla the following May was a devastating blow.
Again Liverpool lost 3-1, this time in 90 minutes of pulsating football where Daniel Sturridge showed exactly what he is capable of when fit, scoring a fantastic goal in the 35th minute with Klopp’s men totally dominating their opponents, before falling apart in the second half.
Liverpool had lost the Europa League, but perhaps more devastatingly they had lost the opportunity to play in the Champions League the following season.
Klopp arrived to much hype but had now lost two cup finals in less than a year in charge.
His side may have been unlucky in Wembley but they were brutally exposed in Switzerland as Sevilla showed their class.
Liverpool fans will feel they are due some luck but those two defeats brought Jurgen Klopp’s tally of cup defeats in a row up to five having lost three at former club Borussia Dortmund, the first coming in the Champions League final of 2012.
2012 Champions League Final
This game too was at Wembley where an 89th minute winner from former Chelsea star Arjen Robben stole the game leaving Klopp angry at the failure of the referee to dismiss Munich’s Dante for conceding a penalty after fouling Marco Reus, while on a yellow card.
2014 DFB Pokal Final
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich stood in the way of Dortmund in the 2014 DFB Pokal German Cup Final. Robert Lewandowski played in his last game for the club ahead of his move to their opponents.
Arjen Robben would once again deliver more heartbreak for Klopp, scoring in extra time after a goalless 90 minutes.
Thomas Muller sealed the win adding a second a giving Bayern their fourth trophy of the season.
2015 DFP Pokal Final
The 2015 German Cup final saw Borussia Dortmund breathe a sigh of relief when they knocked out Bayern Munich in the semi finals, They faced Wolfsburg, with Klopp already having announced his intention to leave the German side of which he had spent seven years in charge and was hoping to leave on a high.
His cup final curse struck once more, Kevin de Bruyne and Bas Dost gave Wolfsburg their very first DFB Pokal and prolonging Klopp’s wait for another trophy.
2018 Champions League Final?
The Anfield faithful are now hoping Klopp’s luck will change and they can celebrate adding a sixth European Cup to their trophy cabinet. Failing that, Jurgen Klopp will have an unwanted record of a hat trick of cup final defeats at the famous club.
Conversely, Real Madrid, Liverpool’s Champions League opponents, have appeared in three of the last four Champions League finals and have yet to lose a European Cup final under Zinedine Zidane.
Will Los Blancos make it a hat-trick of wins in a row? Or will Jurgen Klopp’s terrible cup final run continue?
Roll on May 26th.