6th Apr, 2021 @ 08:24 am
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident his side will cope well when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.
In what is a repeat of the 2018 final, the Reds travel to Alfredo di Stefano Stadium for the first leg of the quarters, ahead of next week's return leg.
Speaking ahead of the match, Klopp exuded confidence his side has the right quality to do well against an injury-hit Madrid side.
"The motivation is the highest level because it's Champions League, we want to go to the next round. We play Real Madrid – that has nothing to do with 2018. But when I got the draw, because [it was] the first time that we played Real Madrid since then, of course I remembered the game,"
"Actually, our team is built for these kind of games. We face a football-playing side, which is very helpful for football in general but for our kind of defending as well, and that's why we have a chance, absolutely. I heard outside already everybody says Real Madrid is favourite – great, no problem at all with that.
"They are used to the role and we have no problem with the role of the challenger. How I said, we want to give it a proper try. We know that we were good that night but 25 minutes being really good in the final was never enough, and nobody's interested when they look back in 10, 15 years how we played the first 25 minutes – but we knew it anyway.
"But it was a different time, we were in a different place since then a lot of things happened. So, we feel good in our situation but we know that we face a difficult opponent of course,"
This will tbe first match between the two sides since the 2018 final when Madrid successfully defended their title, even though Sergio Ramos grabbed the headlines after a first-half tackle on Mohamed Salah, which saw the Egyptian leave the pitch.