Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted his side will not be inspired by a desire to gain revenge on Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Bernabeu.
Klopp’s side were beaten by Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final, with an injury inflicted on Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah by Sergio Ramos leaving a bad taste in the mouth for the Premier League side.
While Klopp admits he was not happy with Ramos after the incident, he stressed his wounds have healed in the three years since, with his side winning the Champions League and Premier League since then.
“Revenge for 2018? In general, it’s not revenge,” he said. “We are not a revenge tour here. I don’t believe too much in revenge.
“Life is like this. You try everything to win a game and you lose it. Then you meet an opponent again one day, but this is not about the past. I don’t believe in revenge, but it would be nice to get through against Real Madrid.
“They are outstanding and know exactly how it goes. They know how to win the Champions League.
“We are in a good moment. We had some good games before the international break and we came out with a really good performance on Saturday (3-0 win at Arsenal). We have to play another good game against Real Madrid or we will have no chance.
“I am not so determined to show the world how good we are to be honest. It’s about us wanting to get whatever is possible out of this season. We have created the basis, we are still in the fight for Champions League spots as well (in the Premier League).”