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Klopp says he turned down Bayern to stay at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he had turned down Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich “a few times” to stay at Anfield and urged his side to “enjoy the journey” as they keep up their quadruple chase against Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Liverpool won the League Cup in February. It trails Premier League leader Manchester City by three points with two games to go, and it will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Asked about the challenges the side face, Klopp told reporters at Liverpool’s training ground on Friday: “Which club should I go to, to have a different situation? I could have gone to Bayern a few times, I could have won more titles in my life, pretty sure I would say – I didn’t do it.”

“I had a contract here… and that’s completely fine. The world is not full of winners, the world is full of triers hopefully. And I try and sometimes I win with some other people together. I am happy with that.”

Liverpool is aiming to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2006, having lost to Chelsea in its last final appearance a decade ago.

“It would mean the world to us, that’s the truth,” said Klopp, who signed a new contract last month that will keep him at the club until 2026.

The German added that they were desperate for FA Cup success but they would savour a remarkable season even if they lose.

“If we are only happy when we are winning in the end, whenever your race finishes, what life would that be?” he said. “When I say ‘Enjoy the journey’, I mean it. Enjoy the journey because there have been so many great moments already.”

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