Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media about the matchup with Real Madrid

Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media about the matchup with Real Madrid

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The coach also said that Liverpool have moved on from missing out on the Premier League title and that they’re already focused on this match.

Liverpool are really looking forward to the final game against Real Madrid

Ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final, Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media about the matchup with Real Madrid and how tough it’ll be to take down the 13-time winners. The coach also said that Liverpool have moved on from missing out on the Premier League title and that they’re already focused on this match. “It is a Champions League final, so we see that, and nobody feels the pain from Sunday anymore,” he said. “We are really just looking forward to this game against a powerful opponent, the most experienced opponent you can probably get in this competition. We don’t think that because we won two competitions now and were close in a third competition, we wouldn’t care about that. That is, of course, not the case. You never know how often you will reach a Champions League final, so you better use the few opportunities you get.”

Both teams would be on a maximum level

“For us, it is now extraordinary, the third time in the last five years. That is really special with this group.” Liverpool will have to take on Real Madrid, who are experts in this competition, and the coach was asked whether Los Blancos are a daunting opponent to face. “They’ve won it so many times, but that doesn’t mean they will be a bit softer; I couldn’t see that in the semi-final, quarter-final or last 16,” the coach said. “Their desire is on a maximum level from their side and will be on a maximum level from our side, but it feels better to know you have won it already than to know you never won it before. It is nicer that today I don’t have to talk about the last six finals I lost or whatever; it’s really much nicer.”

Klopp has reflected on the 2018 final

Reflecting on the 2018 final, when the Reds lost to Real Madrid, Klopp dismissed talk of revenge. “That was a harsh night for us; it was tough to take given the circumstances, the way we conceded the goals and the injury of Salah, of course,” he admitted. “I don’t believe in revenge. I understand it as well; it’s just I don’t think revenge is a fantastic idea. I understand that Salah said he wants to put it right, and I want to put it right. But, it’s all fine between me and us and Real Madrid. If we win, it won’t be because of what happened in 2018.” Klopp also took the time to praise Carlo Ancelotti, who he knows well from their duels in Merseyside derbies.

 

“He is obviously one of the most successful managers globally, but he is a role model in the way he deals with all the success,” Klopp said of the Italian. “He is one of the best people you can ever meet. I think everybody will tell you that. He is a fantastic company, a really nice guy, and we have a perfect relationship. It had a bit of a break when he was at Everton because we both respected this part of the business too much; otherwise, we would have gone out for dinner a couple of times. We didn’t do that at all. The respect for him from my side couldn’t be bigger.”

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