Jurgen Klopp on Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in Kyiv

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reflects on the defeat to Real Madrid in 2018 following the draw which pits the two together.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reacted to the Champions League quarter-final that sees a repeat of the 2018 final.

Zinedine Zidane and Klopp will lock horns once more following Los Blancos 3-1 win in Kyiv, just under three years ago.

The Reds were crowned six-time winners a year later, rectifying the previous shortcomings against the Spaniards. 

It will be the first trip to Madrid to face Real since 2014 for Liverpool. A team managed by Brendan Rodgers and featured Lazar Markovic, Kolo Toure and Fabio Borini.

In that season, the two European powerhouses locked horns in the Group Stage with the Spanish completing the double over the Reds. 

Whoever wins over the two legs will face the winner FC Porto and Chelsea leaving either team within touching distance of reaching the final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

For those who believe in omens, Liverpool beat Chelsea in the semi-final in 2005 to set up a final against AC Milan in Turkey, which then-manager Rafael Benitez's side won on penalties.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the German head coach said:

“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.

A 4-0 aggregate win over RB Leipzig set up the tie as Real Madrid overcame the Reds fellow Group D opposition, Atalanta, 4-1 over the two legs.


“I know it’s a different round and whatever and we don’t know where we will play and stuff like this, but that’s all OK. If it will be Budapest, that’s fine. We are fine with that. The home game maybe hopefully at Anfield, that would be great as well.

“So, no, nothing bad to say – nothing bad to say actually, it’s just cool.”

Zidane's side will host the first leg with the return leg potentially returning to Anfield at the end of April.