Klopp says UCL final with real Madrid is destiny

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, says the Champions League final feels like destiny, and insists Manchester City will be ready for Sunday’s clash with Newcastle.

Liverpool will be meeting Madrid in what looks like a repeat of the 2018 final, which Real won 3-1. “When we lost that final, my ideal solution was to play Real Madrid again. Madrid seems to be our destiny,” Klopp said ahead of the visit of Spurs.

“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.”

Speaking about the weekend clash with Tottenham Hotspurs, Klopp said the London said have a lot riding on the game, with a place in next season’s Champions League firmly in their sights. Klopp is braced for a difficult encounter against Antonio Conte’s team on Saturday.

Klopp said: “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.

“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 how they win games, they are a brilliant football team. Up front, Harry Kane, what a player, ideal for that system [and with the attacking players there is] a blind understanding between them.

“That’s football, we have to find a way to keep them calm for as long as possible, because that will not be possible all the time. We know it is difficult. We knew that when we started this a long time ago. We know this will be difficult as well, but we are looking forward to it.”

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