The Egypt worldwide has one more chance to catch Rush against Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday when Liverpool aim to win the European Cup for a sixth time. Real Madrid are chasing a third title on the bounce and a 13th win overall.
"Experience is very important".
What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? "That has never happened before in a manager's career", the German said. The two sides have faced each other five times in the Champions League and most recently in 2014. "Not only are we a really good football team, it's in the club's DNA to go for the big things. Nobody expected us to be here but we are here because we are Liverpool". A Champions League runner-up with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, he has been beaten in his last five in all competitions - a jinx stretching back to 2012. "This season was exceptional, unbelievable so far".
"That was the team of previous year in the final, when they had Juventus away from home that was the team he chose and that's the team he trusts".
Real Madrid face a spirited Liverpool side that pose an equally potent attacking threat with forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scoring 10 goals apiece in this season's Champions League campaign while Senegalese forward has scored 9 in the tournament.
Liverpool, meanwhile, knocked out AS Roma in the semifinals to reach its first final since 2007, when they lost 2-1 to AC Milan in Athens, Greece.
30 minutes until KO: STAT: Real Madrid name the same XI that started the final against Juventus last year, while nine of the players selected by Zidane also started against Atletico Madrid two years ago.
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For Cristiano Ronaldo, this is a chance to hoist his 5th European Cup and add to his all-time record of 120 Champions League goals and counting.
"As always in a final it is 50-50".
"There are so many things you have to bring to the pitch to win a game at that level..."
The build-up to the game itself has been overshadowed by complaints from fans of both sides that getting to Kiev - and finding accommodation there - has been too expensive.
The match itself starts at 7:45pm United Kingdom time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held.
"Religion is private how I understand it", Klopp said.