During the course of his 15-year managerial career Jurgen Klopp has contested nine finals, collecting runners-up medals on a demoralising six occasions.
Of the three showpieces contested in which the Liverpool manager has secured the silverware, two were DFL Super Cups, the German equivalent of the Community Shield.
His last-hurdle tumbles during the same period encompassed two more DFL Super Cups, a brace of DFB Pokal (German FA Cups), one Champions League and Capital One Cup.
Klopp’s failure-heavy record in showpiece fixtures is far from heartening news for Liverpool ahead of the Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel.
The Reds are 13/10 favourites to win without recourse to extra-time or penalties, while they’re a mere 13/20 to dethrone the two-time defending champions by any means necessary.
Instead the 9/4 about a normal-time triumph for Unai Emery’s men, or the 5/4 they do so by any route available, begin to look more appetising as a result.
Emery, in comparison to the Liverpool string-puller, is a cup final crack shot, having masterminded los Nervionenses’ previous two Europa League triumphs.
The sole loss sustained by a club managed by the Spaniard in a trophy showdown remains the one Sevilla copped in the 2015 Supercopa de Espana.
Given the Rojiblancos came from 3-1 down at the interval to only lose 5-4 in extra time to a Barcelona side who had landed the treble in the previous campaign, that reverse does little to dent his aura of cup-final specialism.
Not only do the southern Spanish side have their manager’s finale nous to call upon, but that of several of the players who, together, have won the last two Europa Leagues.
UEFA.com predicted starters Daniel Carrico, Coke, Vitolo, Kevin Gameiro, Ever Banega and Grzegorz Krychowiak all played their part in Warsaw last May, when all bar the last two named were featuring in their second successive win.