The Liverpool manager admitted that he has long held a grudge against Sergio Ramos for his aggressive behavior in the 2018 C1 final.
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are not driven by a “spirit of revenge” as they prepare to meet Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals this week.
The Reds landed in the Spanish capital on Monday afternoon ahead of their tantalizing eighth game against the Spanish champions. Much of the pre-match press conferences focused on meeting the teams in the 2018 final in Kyiv, which Los Blancos won 3-1.
Sergio Ramos, who took on the role of villain that night, will not play on Tuesday due to injury, but no less than 14 of the 22 players who started the game could do so again, and opinions are divided to know who will approach this duel as a favorite. .
“Show how good we are collectively”
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Klopp said: “We are not on a revenge tour here. I don’t really believe in revenge, but it would be nice to pass, because that would mean that we will be in semi-finals. My motivation is at the highest level because it is the League champions, we play for Real Madrid and we want to move on to the next round. It has nothing to do with 2018 “.
“When there was the draw, of course I remembered the game three years ago because it was the first time we had faced each other since. I said after that game  that if someone asked me a week later or a month later if I would invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday, then I would say no! There, maybe I would think about it again. It’s not that he’s not a great footballer but I didn’t like what happened that night. It was a weird night for us, but it’s a long time ago and I can’t get that feeling, that anger back, “ continued the German coach.
“I can only try to prepare my team to show tomorrow how good we are as a football team. It’s a strange season and a difficult season for us, but we want to show how good we are. good, and if we’re better than Real Madrid and we can score more goals, we move on to the next round. And if not, Real Madrid will do it. “, Klopp concluded.