Mainz head coach Sandro Schwarz says the 05ers took a cue from Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool in their unexpected win at Borussia Dortmund last weekend.
Schwarz's strugglers secured their Bundesliga status with a well-earned 2-1 triumph at the Signal Iduna Park, roused into action by the recent UEFA Champions League exploits of Mainz and Dortmund old boy Klopp.
Watch: Highlights of Mainz's shock win in Dortmund
"I was so excited by the game and by Liverpool's attacking," Schwarz said of watching the Reds thrash Roma 5-2 in their semi-final first leg. "I called my video analyst straight away and got him to cut and paste all of the clips together."
In true Liverpool style, Mainz flew out of the traps on Bundesliga Matchday 33, scoring twice inside the opening 13 minutes through Ridle Baku and Yoshinori Muto. They conceded before the break, but held on - just as Klopp's lot did in Rome days earlier to book their place in the Champions League final thanks to a 7-6 aggregate win.