Jurgen Klopp is not interested in exacting revenge over Sergio Ramos.
A controversial moment in Kiev three years ago ended up dominating headlines for both Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Both sides met in the Champions League final and Ramos incidently sent Mohamed Salah to the nursing room with a horrible challenge. The referee did not punish the Spaniard and in turn, Real won the game 3-1.
“We are not on a revenge tour,” said Klopp. “Nights like that, you try everything to win a game, you lose it and you meet the opponent again one day. Sometimes it is close enough – a week or two weeks later – and you can have this kind of emotion still.
“It has nothing to do with 2018, but when we got the draw and it was the first time we played Real Madrid since, then of course I remembered the game. I said after the game that if someone asked me in a press conference a week or a month later if I would invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday, I would have said ‘no’.
“Now I would think about it again. He is a great footballer, but I didn’t like what happened that night. It was a strange night. It was a strange night for us, but it’s long ago and I cannot get that feeling, that anger, back.”
Liverpool are not doing very well in the domestic league. Some might already be pinning their hopes of European football winning the Champions League this term.
Klopp continued, “We need to play a really good game otherwise we don’t have a chance. In a strange and difficult season for us, we want to show how good we are and if we are better than Real or not. If somebody knows how to win the Champions League then it is Real Madrid. They are outstanding.”