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Jurgen Klopp’s response to Carlo Ancelotti’s Liverpool verdict sums up Reds boss

Liverpool take on Real Madrid on Tuesday night in what will be a rematch of last season’s Champions League final, with Jurgen Klopp hoping to get one over Carlo Ancelotti.


Real have beaten Liverpool in two finals in the past 5 seasons, including last year’s showpiece where they were victorious in Paris. In 2021, Los Blancos also got the better of the Reds, albeit both legs were played in empty stadiums amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

After their most recent meeting, which was decided by a Vinicius Jr goal, legendary boss Carlo Ancelotti claimed Liverpool had presented them with the easiest tactical dilemma. The Spaniards had only reached the final thanks to miraculous comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City, while their victory over Liverpool was somewhat more straightforward.Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) hugs Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) prior to the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on May 28, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti

“Looking back, people said ‘oh PSG were unlucky, Chelsea were unlucky, Manchester City were unlucky’,” Ancelotti explained. “This was practically the only game where people thought we were more or less on the same level.

“I think it helped that Liverpool were easier to decipher than the others because they have a very clear identity and we could prepare the way that we did.

“We knew what strategy to take, don’t give them space behind the defence to run into. Perhaps our football wasn’t extraordinarily beautiful tonight on an aesthetic level, but playing out from the back to incentivise their pressing wasn’t a great idea.”Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti claimed Liverpool were an easy puzzle to figure out in last season’s final 


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But Klopp has claimed that despite Ancelotti and his players knowing exactly what they would come up against, his side should have still come out victorious.

Speaking to reporters, Klopp said: “Somebody told me – I don’t know if it’s true – that after the final Carlo said with Liverpool it’s cool because they know exactly what they will face. I watched the game back now and even knowing exactly what we will do, we have to win this game. We didn’t, for the one reason that we didn’t score and conceded, but apart from that we should have won this game.”

However, rather than engineer any animosity between his opponent in the opposite dugout, Klopp heaped praise on the Italian coach – admitting he’s on a “different level” when it comes to their respective jobs.LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 match against Real Madrid at Anfield on February 20, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp offered a classy summary of Ancelotti’s talents as a manager

Carlo is the most relaxed manager I’ve ever met in my life,” he added. “One of the best people you can meet, fantastic and humble person, super smart and nice. And his man-management is on a different level to all of us. I respect and admire it a lot.


With this world-class team, which they were last year, brought in super exciting young players. They are always super competitive and super difficult to beat. And so this combination is a difficult one, but I think it makes sense to try anyway.”


Meanwhile, Klopp revealed that there is a chance Dariwn Nunez wins his race against time to be fit for Tuesday night. The Uruguayan scored a brilliant opener at Newcastle but was then forced off with a painful shoulder injury.


There is now set to be a late decision over his fitness, but there is cautious optimism: “There is a chance. We have to see how he is today. When we know that we will make a decision.”


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