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Jurgen Klopp sends message of solidarity to Ukraine ahead of the Champions League final

‘We’re playing this game for people from Ukraine’: Jurgen Klopp dedicates the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid to the war-torn country… as he claims UEFA sent the ‘right message’ through the match of Saint Petersburg to Paris

  • The Champions League final will be played in Paris instead of Saint Petersburg
  • This decision was made in response to Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine
  • Jurgen Klopp believes UEFA made the right decision to change venues
  • Liverpool manager has dedicated Saturday’s final to the citizens of Ukraine

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp supported UEFA’s decision to move the Champions League final from Russia to France and has sent Ukraine a message of support ahead of Saturday’s showpiece.

The final was originally to be played at the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg, but was moved to the Stade de France after Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February.

Klopp believes the right decision has been made to change location, given the current situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Saturday's Champions League final was originally to be played in Saint Petersburg

Saturday’s Champions League final was originally to be played in Saint Petersburg

It will now take place at the Stade de France in Paris after UEFA decided to switch venues

It will now take place at the Stade de France in Paris after UEFA decided to switch venues

“I’m glad the game is here for a thousand reasons,” Klopp said on Friday at his pre-match conference, shortly after arriving in Paris for his side’s confrontation against Real Madrid.

“The war is still going on and we have to think about it. The game is still going on and not in St Petersburg is the right message.

“We are playing this game for people from Ukraine.”

Jurgen Klopp supported UEFA's decision and has dedicated the final to Ukraine

Jurgen Klopp supported UEFA’s decision and has dedicated the final to Ukraine

Liverpool go into the final with the aim of winning their seventh European Cup, completing a remarkable campaign that saw them win both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

The Reds dramatically missed the Premier League title on the final day of the season on Sunday, wiping out their quadruple hopes, but they could still finish with a treble if they triumph in Paris.

Their match against Real Madrid is a rematch of the 2018 final, which took place in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The Spanish giants won that match 3-1 to take their 13th European crown.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team have knocked out PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City this season to set up a showdown against Liverpool, and a win on Saturday would be their fifth Champions League win in the past eight years.

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