Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes that their date with Real Madrid in the Champions League final feels like destiny. Klopp also believes that Manchester City will be ready for their weekend clash with Newcastle despite their heartbreaking loss. The Merseyside club trail City by a point and once again will have a chance to take the temporary lead in the title race.
“When we lost that final, my ideal solution was to play Real Madrid again. Madrid seems to be our destiny. It was strange and [the game and the result was] unlucky for City. They [Real] got through PSG, Chelsea, and Man City [to get to the final]. If you knock out these three guys then you deserve to be there,” Jurgen Klopp said about Real Madrid. “Yeah, it will be great. That we were not happy that night [in Kyiv in 2018] is clear, but that was a while ago. But I am happy to go there and give it a try, but until then there are a lot of games. It was a massive blow. I think everyone was ready to switch the TV off. It was really harsh, I can imagine. I had nights like this, not cool but they will be ready for Sunday.”
“It’s a massive, massive test. If I was watching from the outside, I would say that would be difficult for Liverpool, but I don’t have to look from the outside because from the inside I know it will be difficult,” he added. “All the teams fight for something but Tottenham obviously has massive quality. They have some of the best counter-attacking players in the world. The main challenge is the quality of the opponent – when you think about how they win games, they are a brilliant football team. Upfront, Harry Kane, what a player, ideal for that system [and with the attacking players there is] a blind understanding between them.”