Klopp relishing ‘robust’ Champions League tie vs. Actual Madrid

Jurgen Klopp is relishing the “thrilling” Champions League quarter-final tie in opposition to Actual Madrid, regardless of a degree of unknown concerning the place fixtures could also be performed.

The German will oversee his facet within the final eight of the competitors for the third time in 4 seasons subsequent month, the place a well-known foe awaits.

The Reds will meet Actual Madrid on their turf within the first leg earlier than returning to Anfield per week later, ought to journey restrictions permit, the place the narrative is firmly steered in the direction of revenge for Liverpool.

The final time the 2 groups met, after all, was the 2018 closing the place Mohamed Salah was compelled off the sphere after a ‘sort out’ from Sergio Ramos the place Liverpool went on to lose 3-1.

Klopp’s males would swiftly bury the heartbreak to win the competitors the next season however with the 2 groups to satisfy as soon as extra, Klopp is worked up by the prospect.

“It’s thrilling, thrilling. It’s clearly a tricky draw however I’m high-quality with it as a result of in case you take a look at all the opposite groups you assume, ‘Oh my god’ as a result of they’re all sturdy and all have high quality, that’s clear,” Klopp advised the membership’s official web site.

“I’m actually wanting ahead to the video games.

“It’s solely simply over two years in the past that we confronted them and it was a tricky night time for us, so to get the prospect to play them once more is cool.

“I do know it’s a unique spherical and no matter and we don’t know the place we’ll play and stuff like this, however that’s all OK. If it is going to be Budapest, that’s high-quality. We’re high-quality with that. The house sport perhaps hopefully at Anfield, that may be nice as properly.

“So, no, nothing dangerous to say – nothing dangerous to say truly, it’s simply cool.”

And if Liverpool ought to progress to the semi-finals they may meet both Chelsea or Porto, and whereas the Reds averted an all-English tie within the final eight, Klopp is aware of there isn’t a straightforward path to the ultimate.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - Wednesday, March 10, 2021: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp embraces Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg game between Liverpool FC and RB Leipzig at the Puskás Aréna. (Pic by Propaganda)

“I feel we’re all the identical: Bayern doesn’t need to play Dortmund, for instance, as a result of they’re from the identical nation and for us, it was Metropolis and Chelsea,” Klopp added.

“If we are able to keep away from so long as doable you then do it, however all the remainder, it was clear we’d face a tricky opponent.”

Liverpool will journey to satisfy the Spanish facet on April 6 earlier than enjoying host on April 14, and Klopp is aware of Zidane has “just a few younger prospects” and “correct gamers on high of that” to check the credentials of his facet.

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