Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side will not be on a revenge mission when they take on Spanish giants Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals this evening.
Madrid defeated the Reds 3-1 in the finals of this competition back in 2018, a game where Mohamed Salah was injured by a challenge from Sergio Ramos and left the field in tears.
The 53-year-old German mentor reckons that this encounter has nothing to do with the 2018 finals, however, he remembers vividly what went down in that game.
“My motivation is at the highest level because it’s the Champions League,” said Klopp.
“I said after that game that if somebody asked me a week later or a month later if I would invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday, then I would say no. I would think about it again.
“He’s a great footballer but I didn’t like what happened that night. It was a strange night for us but it’s long ago and I cannot get that feeling back, that anger or whatever, so I don’t even try.
“We are not on a revenge tour here. I don’t believe too much in revenge, but it would be nice to get through because it would mean we are in the next round.”
Since the 2018 final, Liverpool has won the Champions League, thrashing Tottenham 2-0 in the 2019 final, as well as claiming the first English top-flight title in 30 years last season.
“I heard outside everyone said Real Madrid are the favourites, no problem with that. They are used to the role and we have no problem with the role of the challengers,” he says in conclusion.
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By FARPost Reporter