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Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool looking for a slice of Schlachtengluck vs. Sevilla

On Tuesday night, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp did a good job at swatting away the inevitable questions about his four cup final defeats as a manager.

"It is what it is," the 48-year-old shrugged. "I am not frustrated by my final record; it could be a little bit better.

"I was for sure not happy after finals when I didn't win, but when it's over, it's over. The only thing we can influence is our performance [Wednesday]. "

Liverpool face Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland.

Klopp, like all successful managers, doesn't dwell on disappointments. If he did, he probably would have never managed to take little, unfashionable Mainz 05 to the Bundesliga after missing out on promotion two years running in the most dramatic and unfortunate circumstances.

Mainz 05 lost 3-1 at Union Berlin on the final day of the 2001-02 season and were outscored by Frankfurt by one goal to finish fourth again the next year. The double heartbreak would have been enough to destroy most teams. Klopp and Mainz bounced back, however, to make their dreams come true in 2004.

And yet, being reminded of four big defeats in as many attempts must have secretly annoyed Klopp more than he let on in Basel on Tuesday night. A couple of years ago, he called a member of the Borussia Dortmund webpage team an unprintable word for bringing up his many negative results against Hamburger SV, their next opponents, in a prematch media conference.

The classic German insult was delivered playfully but left no one in doubt that the Swabian did not appreciate the unflattering stat being disseminated at all. He's far too ambitious not to care about losing and is also very mindful of the psychological damage negative thoughts can cause, especially to the players. He wants his own men and the opposition to focus on his team's strengths, not consider failures of the past.

Supporters of the English national team (penalties) and Benfica (eight straight European Cup defeats) will understand the danger of such self-fulfilling prophecies.

Dortmund's 3-1 loss to VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB-Pokal final last season was maybe the easiest to take for him, since Dortmund's performance levels were simply not sufficient to succeed in Berlin. The game served as one last, definitive pointer that the relationship between coach and team had run its course after seven years; BVB more or less collapsed, devoid of energy and belief, after a decent opening spell.

Losing on penalties against Manchester City in the League Cup this year and two painful defeats at the hands of Bayern in the 2013 Champions League final and the 2014 German Cup final were much harder to stomach, however.

All that Klopp and his players were missing was a bit of Schlachtengluck: A slice of good fortune in a closely fought contest.

At Wembley in 2013, Dortmund didn't take their chances in the first half; Bayern then got lucky when Dante wasn't sent off for fouling Marco Reus in the box, having already been booked. The Bavarians were even more fortunate 12 months later, as Mats Hummels' headed goal was incorrectly chalked off.

That wrong decision ushered in the use of goal-line technology in German football, but the innovation came far too late for Dortmund. The Black and Yellows went on to lose that final 2-0 in extra time against an injury-ravaged Pep Guardiola team that had been below-par on the night.

As favourites, you shouldn't allow fate to get in your way; you owe it to yourself not to get unlucky. But Klopp has gone into all his finals as the underdog (with the possible exception of the Wolfsburg match). Underdogs usually need perfect games and a bit of luck to make it their day, as his Borussia side managed to do in absolutely thrilling fashion in the 5-2 DFB-Pokal win over Bayern in 2012, Klopp's only final win to date.

On Wednesday, Liverpool are rated slight favourites by the British bookies, but that's mostly a function of the amount of money backing them. In mere sporting terms, there's very little to separate the two teams; many experts would probably tip Sevilla to lift the trophy in light of their previous back-to-back triumphs.

This year's Champions League results have exposed Sevilla as an incomplete side. But then again, so are Liverpool, of course. In the absence of home advantage for either team, good fortune -- in the shape of refereeing decisions, injuries or shots bouncing off the inside of the post -- is destined to play a huge role.

The best general can be thwarted by a lack of Schlachtengluck. Klopp knows this from personal experience. Despite his protestations, his Reds have not quite progressed enough in his seven-month reign to rely solely on their own performance against the Spaniards. In all likelihood, they'll need to get a break or two.

But maybe the manager's poor recent run isn't such bad news in that respect? After four years of bad run-ins with Lady Luck, he might simply be due another kiss.