Juergen Klopp has said he expects “something special” when Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 after last season’s runners-up clashed again on Monday. Real beat Liverpool 1-0 in May to win Europe’s elite club competition for a record 14th time, having also beaten the Merseyside club in the 2017-18 final.
Liverpool manager Klopp, whose side qualified second from Group A behind Napoli and struggled for Premier League form, said the game against Real was a “true Champions League”. “I know we’ve faced Real Madrid in a couple of recent finals, but it’s not that often our two clubs meet in a draw so now we can expect that to happen” , Klopp told the Liverpool website.
Liverpool, who host the first leg at Anfield in February, won their sixth European crown in 2018-19 and only Real and AC Milan (seven) have won more. Bayern Munich also won six. “Real’s European record is the best at the moment. We know that,” Klopp said. “But we also know ours isn’t too bad. On top of that, we know we have Anfield and everyone knows what that means.
“The games themselves are still a few months away, but it doesn’t take much of the imagination to imagine what the atmosphere of both games will be like. There’s a lot of football to be played before then, of course, so we’re will focus on every game as it comes, but yeah, this draw has given us something special to look forward to.”
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