Liverpool’s Champions League final preparations ‘disrupted by Dutch club’

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The Reds are reportedly hoping to fit in a friendly before they take on Tottenham in the Madrid showpiece

Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been served a blow by Dutch club AZ Alkmaar after calling on the Eredivisie side help Liverpool prepare for the Champions League final.

With almost three weeks between the Reds’ final game of the Premier League season against Wolves and the Madrid showpiece against Tottenham Hotspur, Klopp is reportedly keen to organise a friendly match to keep his players sharp ahead of the all-Premier League showdown.

The game would reportedly have taken place in Madrid in the week building up to the final, but Dutch outlet Noordhollands Dagblad – via Inside Futbol – claim that the side who finished fourth in the Eredivisie have turned Liverpool’s request down.

AZ played their final league game of the season against Excelsior on Wednesday evening, losing 4-2.

Klopp is reportedly hoping to play a friendly before the final

Several of their players have now or will be going away on holiday, with others called up for international duty.

And with AZ returning to pre-season training on June 19, the club decided that they couldn’t send a team to face the Reds.

Klopp has given his players time off after the Wolves game, and will take them away to Marbella for a training camp just as he did before last season’s Kiev final against Real Madrid .

They may have lost that game, but defender Joe Gomez says things are different this time around.

Joe Gomez says things are different at Liverpool this year

“I definitely think we go into this final in a different place,” he told Liverpoolfc.com . “It’s still a Champions League final and they’re always separate occasions and you have to approach it with the same mentality.

“But I think this year speaks for itself and the growth in the team has been massive.

“[The manager] shows and emphasises the fact that we’re a different team and we can’t go into thinking that we’re the same team.

“In that sense, we can take the confidence from that, but still have the desire to win one because we know what it means for this club and we want to get the sixth star.”

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