Ben Currie says Steve Price is Warrington Wolves’ very own Jurgen Klopp – now he wants him to follow in the German’s footsteps and end a major trophy drought.
Liverpool manager Klopp had lost six straight deciders before clinching last season’s Champions League.
Warrington’s own run of losses also stands at six since lifting the Challenge Cup in 2012, with Price in charge of last year’s defeats in both of the sport’s finals.
The Wolves also go into today’s Wembley showdown with St Helens as clear underdogs after five straight Super League defeats.
But coach Price is likely to be roaring his charges on from the touchline, just like his Premier League counterpart.
Currie said: “I’m a Liverpool fan and he reminds me of Jürgen Klopp the way he gets involved and gets into the game.
“I wasn’t playing in last year’s Super League semi-final when he was bouncing around on the touchline but I could see him from the stands.
“He lives and breathes every moment, which you should do as a coach.
“Klopp likes to give his hugs out but with Pricey it’s a dig in the ribs instead!
“But he’s always pulling you for chats and wants to be a mate and not just the coach – he’s someone you can approach off the field.”
Man City fan Price would prefer a Pep Guardiola comparison, but accepts he shares some Klopp characteristics.
Price said: “Liverpool had a wonderful season last year, going head-to-head with Pep.
“I like Klopp’s personality – he can mix with the fans and comes across as a real people person.
“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him but it would be good to talk about our sports.
“It’s really important to have a good honest working relationship with your players.
“You need to be genuine and you need to have a bit of fun along the way, but there’s a line too where’s it’s game on.
“It’s understanding that balance and I feel I’ve got that with the lads.
“We’ve got an extremely hard working group that wants to do well at Warrington.”
Among those, Currie is determined to write a different Wembley story this time after two previous disappointments.
In 2016 he was on the wrong end of Danny Houghton’s famous “Tackle 52”, when the industrious Hull FC hooker forced the ball from his grasp as he attempted to score the winning try late on.
Then last year he had to watch the shock defeat to Catalans from the stands as he recovered from a second serious knee injury.
Currie added: “It’s not a good feeling being in the crowd knowing that you could be a part of these massive games.
“I knew way in advance that I wasn’t going to play but it’s tough – no sportsman wants to be on the sideline, they want to be on the field.
“To watch them go through defeat was even worse – we don’t want to experience that again.
“What’s happened doesn’t make me want to play any better, and it won’t affect how I play.
“But it would be nice to have a picture with the trophy laughing and smiling on the field this time.”
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