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Close to one in the morning, deep in the concrete bowels of the Olympic Stadium, Jürgen Klopp sighed with some feeling and prepared to put away the frazzled but stoically brave face he’d brought to the final post-match press conference of Liverpool’s season.

There were two last questions from local media. Both were essentially expressions of pleasure at Klopp’s presence in Kiev, where he is hugely popular for reasons that range from Liverpool’s diaspora support to that translatable sense of authenticity. (“I like this Klopp,” was the verdict of one ex-Soviet citizen of a similar age. “He is for the collective”.)

Question one went a bit like this: “Jürgen, as the last rock star of the modern era, would you say this season has been a battle for authenticity against the depraved stadium-rock football of Big Capitalism or what?”

Question two was even more affectionate, and is probably best summarised as: “Mr Klopp, would you please just say something so I can bask in the glow of your charm and feel that beaming Jürgen-power envelop the room one last time before this is all over?”

As ever Klopp played it straight. No. He’s not a rock star. But thanks. And no, Liverpool are not a force of red-shirted people-power fighting against uber-capitalism. They’re a business that also pays a lot of Authentic Sam Hubbard Jersey money for players just like Real Madrid.

As for question two, well he’s fine, thanks. But he’s also about to turn 51 years old and has a very long journey home. At which point exit Klopp, bowed with a touching familial sorrow, like your favourite uncle at a funeral, and showing all the angst, the soul ache and desire to do it all again right now Authentic Markus Golden Jersey given the chance that you would expect from a manager of his pedigree.

In fairness both questions were on point. Liverpool’s run to the final of the Champions League was remarkable for exactly these reasons. Firstly, Klopp has spent, net, almost nothing on players during his time at Anfield. In fact, player recruitment is trading at a slight profit for the club’s owners FSG. Despite this, Klopp’s team has retained a place at European football’s great gushing financial teat. Win or lose in Kiev, there will be trebles all round in the boardroom.

There was some obvious evidence of this on the pitch. Madrid have not been football’s number-one spenders of late. But with the game in the balance they Authentic Tim Williams Jersey could still bring on Gareth Bale, a player at least as good as anything in Liverpool’s starting XI.

For their part, Liverpool lost Mohamed Salah and were faced with a toss up between an unfit Adam Lallana and Dominic Solanke, who has scored just once in professional football. They had nine shots at goal with their star player on the pitch and four in the hour without him. Salah Can Karius may sound like a serviceable spine to the team, but as a gameplan it’s not enough – not least when Salah goes off and someone else has to do the carrying. And really what Liverpool do next is the most interesting question here, one that speaks directly to the lessons to be learnt from a 3-1 defeat to the masters of the modern club age.

Madrid’s regal meringues, the cream of European champions, were resilient and also fortunate in Kiev. Yes, these are some creamy, jammy, chewy meringues but while the difference Authentic Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey on the night was marginal, it was also consistently and insurmountably marginal.

Madrid won because they have a stronger bench, a stronger attack, a stronger midfield, a stronger defence and a stronger goalkeeper. For half an hour in Kiev Liverpool’s plan to negate this pedigree was working. Forced to adapt by Salah’s elimination from the game – a clever foul by Sergio Ramos but not a deliberate attempt to ping his shoulder – they had no other gears to fight against these strengths. wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys free shipping cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

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