Jurgen Klopp rejects Sadio Mane-Bayern Munich transfer talking about the Champions League final.

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PARIS -The first time Jurgen Klopp prepared for the biggest match in club football, the team was sent off by Bayern Munich before the game started. This is a sign that the German is getting better as a coach – and the incredible quality Liverpool have given him to work with – as if there is no realistic prospect of this issue growing again in Paris (Saturday, 3pm ET | Paramount+).

Nine years ago Bayern and Borussia Dortmund became the two best teams in Europe, Klopp has achieved the unimaginable making the Bundesliga a duopoly. There could be some arguing that the era was over before the semifinals of the season when FC Hollywood attacked a growing rival, sweeping Mario Gotze out of his hands with a free transfer.

Bayern will win battle and battle, goals from Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben leading them to victory against Dortmund who lack Gotze. A year later he would secure Robert Lewandowski, not long after Klopp was gone.

And now Klopp’s preparations are hampered by Bayern’s greedy views. Sadio Mane may be giving signs that he won’t make it happen in the final year of his contract, but no one can dispel rumors that he could move to Bavaria. Quite the opposite, in fact. Previewing the biggest match of the season, Klopp’s constant attention to whether the front line is rumored to be, for the first time since joining Liverpool, will be ruined.

“Sadio is in the shape of his life – he looks really good, likes to see him in training and games,” Klopp said. “Football has asked a lot this year, a long season with a lot of games but one of the most successful for him and for us.

“The Bayern rumors I don’t care about now – we’ve focused on this game, they know how important it is for them and for us. The game. No problem, though.”

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This is more true for Liverpool Klopp than when he was the boss at Dortmund. None of Gotze, due to a hamstring injury, robbed BVB’s main striker and caused tension and frustration at the club. There was no sign of anything even about being nervous as Liverpool took to the newly installed pitch at the Stade de France. The crossbar challenge is a key component of an open training session played with a giggle chorus.

No one who has seen Mane come in and play a game for more than six years at Anfield would have hoped speculation about his future would have a meaningful impact on Saturday night’s performance. If that doesn’t happen, Klopp could invite the likes of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firming to fight back. If Mane leaves after the season is over, Liverpool are ready. He has been heavily looking for Manchester United target Jonathan David, who could easily fit in as the Senegal international striker has proved himself when he was placed between Luis Diaz and Mohamed Sarah.

Nothing can be changed in Klopp’s plan, although there are people who won’t feel it could be Thiago. He remained skeptical because of Achilles ’problems he suffered against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but was able to play his full part in open training and move through the rondos in sprightly fashion. “Thiago yesterday trained with the team, will train today and then we go from there,” Klopp said before the session. Fabinho has also eliminated any muscle problems that have persisted since beating Aston Villa on 10 May.

The Spaniard may be the only question mark on a team that generally picks up on their own. Diaz seems to have fixed Jota as a starting possibility along with Mane and Salah. In midfield, there may be reason for an internal debate over whether Jordan Henderson or Naby Keita started from off with Fabinho and, if he is fit, Thiago. Of course, Klopp sees no reason to change the template that Liverpool have acquired so far.

“If now I’m going to do amazing things for the players, for example, then they might think I’m nervous; if now I’m pulling a rabbit out of a hat and that’s it,” Klopp said. “I’m sure if you do the right thing, then it should also be done in the final, but it should be at the highest level.

“We’ve obviously played some really good stuff this season. We’re not surprised here or getting tickets or anything – we also deserve it. So, so we’re at the highest level it’s going to be cool. If we can do it then, as I am. said, our enemies are really uncomfortable.

“It’s a really unfortunate experience. That’s what we have to do. We can talk about what Real Madrid have achieved in the past and this season, how good the players are, we might be able to write a book together now about this team. But we’re good .well and this is what I want to show you. “

How to watch and obstacles

Date: Saturday, May 28 | Time: 3 pm ET
TV: CBS | Live broadcast: Paramount + (Free trial)
location: Stade de France-Saint-Denis, France
Studio: Kate Abdo, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Rob Green | Rule experts: Christina Unkel
On-site: Peter Schmeichel, Jules Breach, Jenny Chiu and Guillem Balagué
Odds: Liverpool +104; Draw +270; Madrid +245 (via Caesars Sportsbook)