However, the Liverpool manager revealed on Wednesday that although his team began their Champions League campaign as rank outsiders, he was confident that the style of play in the competition would suit his players.
The Reds could earn up to £69 million if they turn out victors against Real Madrid, and are yet to spend the extraordinary £142 million fee they received from Barcelona from the sale of Philippe Coutinho in January.
Fans who plan to make the trip to Ukraine to take in the UEFA Champions League Final in person will need some luck and good timing to obtain tickets to the game. We will be ready but it is Real Madrid.
I am going to go for a draw, which would be enough for Jurgen Klopp's side, and leave Chelsea trying to salvage something from their season in the FA Cup final. That's the pity, that's the game. "Finally, we would also appreciate that space and privacy be afforded to Sean and his family as they focus their efforts on Sean's recovery".
Liverpool's run of 13 league games without a clean sheet against Chelsea is their longest such top-flight run since a streak of 17 matches against Blackburn between 1947 and 1995.
Gerrard, who captained Liverpool to that 2005 victory, said Klopp has made the difference: "This manager has got them flying, if they go one step further this could be the start of something special".
Another ball into the box was seemingly dealt with by Dejan Lovren, but his clearance smashed into the side of midfielder Milner's head and ricocheted past Karius into the Liverpool goal.
"There was lots of space", Klopp said. You can not be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "But then our last line was too deep and you can not play like this".
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They now sit in third place on 72 points having played a game more than fifth place side Chelsea, who are now on 66 points.
The Reds scored two early goals and that was all they needed to advance 7-6 on aggregate after a 5-2 win in the first leg of the semifinals.
"We believe that so we believe we can go there and beat them".
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"I am playing for a great club and we have great players, so qualifying to the final came with great teamwork. I don't understand why there is no VAR in the most important competition".
"I think 80 per cent of the team of Real Madrid played all these finals".
"The players will have had four days between the semi-final in Rome and our trip to West London, so that should be ample time to recover".