Klopp made clear he still doesn’t like what the Madrid skipper did to his star striker Mo Salah in the 2018 Champions League final, but claims his Reds “are not on a revenge tour”.
Instead he believes his team terrified Madrid with an attacking mentality until Salah was injured. Now, he wants to do it again.
“It’s true, with Mo we were really good and (on the front foot) yes, and after he was injured we were not that good any more, Real came up and started dominating,” Klopp explained.
“But 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.
“It’s how I said, we want to give it a proper go.”
Klopp still believes the outcome of the 2018 final would have been different but for Ramos’s cynical foul which put Salah out of the game.
But he holds no anger any more – just a blueprint of how to beat Real after scaring the life out of them.
“We know we were good that night, but 25 minutes of being really good in a final was never enough. And no-one is interested, when they look back in 10-15 years, how we played the first 25 minutes,” he said.
“But we knew it anyway. 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.”
Ramos misses the game through injury, but Klopp insisted it didn’t matter anyway. “It has nothing to do with 2018.
“I said after that if I was asked to invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday I would say no. Not because he’s not a great footballer, but because I didn’t like what happened that night.
“But it is long ago. I cannot get that feeling back, that anger, so I don’t even try. What I try is to prepare my team for tomorrow to show how good we are as a football team.”
Klopp is not interested in revenge…but he does want his side to show Liverpool fans they still have the passion and desire to win trophies. “I don’t believe too much in revenge..I want to show our fans that we are still fighting.
“That is much more important to me. If people think because we don’t play a good season I am a worse manager then I don’t like that but I don’t care to be honest.
“It’s not about that. We want to get whatever is possible out of this season.”
Madrid are also without star forward Eden Hazard, who has been left out of the squad despite recovering from injury, and manager Zinedine Zidane said: “The important thing is for Eden to be calm, and fully recovered when he does return.”
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