Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's poor record in cup finals
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been in the dugout for a cup final five seasons in a row and the Reds' loss to Manchester City on Sunday in the Capital One Cup final made it four defeats on the trot for the German. We look back on his (mostly) miserable run.
WON: 2012 DfB Pokal - Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich
A 5-2 victory at Berlin's Olympic Stadium clinched Dortmund's first Bundesliga and DfB Pokal double. Klopp's team, including Robert Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa -- and with Mario Gotze an unused substitute -- humbled a star-studded Bayern featuring Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos and Franck Ribery.
Kagawa began the scoring inside three minutes before Robben and Dortmund's Mats Hummels each scored from the spot. Lewandowski then took over with a second-half hat trick that rendered Ribery's reply irrelevant.
LOST: 2013 Champions League - Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich
Klopp is still sore about this one. When Liverpool reached Wembley by beating Stoke on aggregate on Jan. 26, Klopp recalled his previous trip to England's national stadium and his dismay that a foul by Dante had not reduced Bayern to 10 men before Robben's 89th-minute winner. He was at it again in the week of the final against City, noting: "We will not have an Italian referee this time."
Ribery and Robben had combined to set up a 60th-minute opener for Mario Mandzukic when, eight minutes later, Dante -- already booked -- caught Marco Reus in the stomach to concede a penalty. Ilkay Gundogan gave Dortmund parity from the spot but referee Nicola Rizzoli opted against a second yellow card. The sense of injustice intensified when Robben beat two defenders to win it.
LOST: 2014 DfB Pokal - Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich
Yet another clash with Bayern, now managed by Pep Guardiola, who made waves by dropping top scorer Mandzukic for the final. As for Dortmund's spearhead, Lewandowski had played little part in the build-up because of fitness concerns but started in what was his last match for the club, having already agreed to join -- who else? -- Bayern that summer.
The same opponents, back in Berlin, were to inflict the same sorry result for Klopp, but this time he was kept waiting until deep into extra-time, with the match goalless until Robben scored in the 107th minute. Thomas Muller added a second in the 123rd minute to give Bayern their fourth trophy of the season.
LOST: 2015 DFB Pokal - Borussia Dortmund vs. Wolfsburg
Seeking a winning send-off in the final match of his seven years in charge, Klopp and Dortmund had got to Berlin the hard way. They won their quarterfinal in extra-time after trailing Hoffenheim to a goal by Roberto Firmino, later of Liverpool. And they finally got the better of Bayern in the semifinal but it required a shootout in which all four Bayern penalty takers missed, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Things started brightly for Klopp in the final, when Dortmund led after five minutes through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But an equaliser for Luiz Gustavo after 22 minutes was followed by further first-half strikes by Kevin De Bruyne and Bas Dost to give Wolfsburg their first ever DfB Pokal triumph and prolong Klopp's knockout woes.
LOST: 2016 Capital One Cup - Liverpool vs. Manchester City
A first English club final for Klopp only 143 days after taking the managerial reins at Anfield ended in defeat in agonising fashion via a penalty shootout. His side had thrashed City 4-1 in November -- the high point of his tenure thus far -- but City were far more solid and aggressive second time around.
Simon Mignolet allowed Fernandinho to score past him at his near post but then made some outstanding saves to keep Liverpool in the contest, helped by some awful finishing by Raheem Sterling against his old club. Philippe Coutinho equalised but had his spot-kick in the shootout saved by City keeper Willy Caballero, as did Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana. Klopp was left feeling "s---" and "rubbish" -- given his luck in finals, not for the first time.
Tom is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. Follow him @writertombell.