Jurgen Klopp licking his lips over Liverpool’s ‘exciting’ Champions League showdown with Real Madrid as he looks forward to facing Zinedine Zidane’s side again without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale after Kiev heartache
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to taking on Real Madrid
- The 2018 finalists will face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals
- Klopp pleased to be playing Real without Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he is relishing the chance to face Real Madrid again in the Champions League.
The clubs will face each other in the quarter-finals of this season’s competition in what will be their first meeting since the Champions League final in Kiev in 2018.
Real won 3-1 on that occasion, with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius making some costly errors.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is relishing the chance to take on Real Madrid again
A Real ide including Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo beat Liverpool in the final in 2018
Klopp is looking forward to the upcoming fixtures, with Gareth Bale, who scored a brace in Kiev, and Cristiano Ronaldo, not in action for the Spanish side.
As reported by goal, Klopp said: ‘It’s exciting, exciting, It’s obviously a tough draw but I am fine with it because if you look at all the other teams you think, ‘Oh my god’ because they are all strong and all have quality, that’s clear. I am really looking forward to the games.
‘It’s only just over two years ago that we faced them and it was a tough night for us, so to get the chance to play them again is cool.
‘With Liverpool now we only faced them once, that’s OK. But, yes, it’s always tough. I think it’s the first time I faced them when Cristiano [Ronaldo] is not there; probably maybe the first time since [Gareth] Bale is not there.’
Although Bale, who is on loan at Tottenham, and Ronaldo, who joined Juventus shortly after the clash in Kiev, won’t be playing, there are still a host of players from the 2018 final who still play for Real, such as Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.
A host of players from the game are still at both clubs, like Roberto Firmino and Luka Modric
Klopp said: ‘But obviously [Sergio] Ramos is still there, [Raphael] Varane still there, [Toni] Kroos still there, [Luka] Modric still there, Casemiro still there, [Dani] Carvajal still there, [Karim] Benzema still there.
‘And a few young prospects, proper players on top of that. Again, I’m really looking forward to it.’
In the 2018 final, Real Madrid took the lead through Benzema, who capitalised on an error from Karius. Sadio Mane equalised for Liverpool, but Bale proceeded to score a brace as Real were crowned European champions. Liverpool did manage to win the prestigious trophy a year later, however.
Liverpool’s struggles in the Premier League this season have been well documented – they are sixth in the table and 25 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
However, their continued involvement in the Champions League provides Liverpool with a chance to salvage something from their season.
Liverpool overcame RB Leipzig in the last-16, while Real Madrid got the better of Atalanta.
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