Liverpool face holders Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday, looking for their sixth triumph in the competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, who saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate in the semi-final, face 12-time champions Real, who werewinners in Cardiff last year and in 2016 in Milan under Zinedine Zidane.
Before locking horns with his Real Madrid counterpart, Klopp has laughed off suggestions Zidane – who has an all-star team at his disposal – has limited tactical coaching knowledge.
“If a lot of people think Zinedine Zidane has not a lot of tactical knowledge and then people think the same about me that would be really funny,” Klopp said.
“The two managers in the Champions League final have no clue about tactics? What would that say about the game?
“For me, Zinedine Zidane is one of the best five players of all time in football. I’m longer in Liverpool than he is at Real Madrid and he can win the Champions League for a third time. That’s never happened before.
“Unfortunately I have to accept that he is as brilliant as he was as a player.”
Klopp has lost his last five finals, three with Borussia Dortmund before moving to Anfield in 2015, and two in his debut season with the Reds.
It’s a record Zidane is keen to extend as he targets a “beautiful” third successive European crown.
Zidane said: “I’ve always been a good competitor, I like to compete and behind all that is a lot of hard work – not only on my part but also the players.
“If you like to compete and want to work hard you can achieve what we are doing. For me this is entirely normal.
“This is beautiful. This is my passion. To reach a final is not easy and, at the same time, we are delighted to be able to play another final.”