- Liverpool Head Coach Jurgen Klopp is upbeat that his side will fare much better against Real Madrid this time around
- The two sides will meet in an explosive Champions League round of 16 tie next year, as Liverpool looks to avenge two final defeats
- Klopp has expressed optimism that a roaring Anfield crowd will prove too difficult for Real Madrid to handle
Jurgen Klopp has fired a warning shot at Real Madrid, ahead of their meeting in the Champions League Round of 16.
The clash will be a repeat of last year's final, where Real Madrid beat Liverpool by a solitary goal to win a record 14th title. Madrid also won the 2018 final, which is famous for Gareth Bale's heroics.
Klopp is ready for the same challenge once again though, and has appeared to be optimistic that his side will triumph over the Spanish giants this time.
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Liverpool finished second behind Napoli, while Real Madrid beat RB Leipzig to the top spot. The two teams are currently enjoying contrasting fortunes.
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The Reds have been hot and cold in the Premier League. In fact, they won their first away game this season when a Mohamed Salah brace inspired them to a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on November 6.
Real Madrid meanwhile, have been exemplary before falling to Rayo Vallecano on November 7 as Karim Benzema's absence continues to bite.
Klopp on the Anfield factor
Klopp has acknowledged Real Madrid's pedigree but is buoyed by the fact that for the first time, Los Blancos will play in front of a packed Anfield Stadium in his tenure.
"Real's European record is the best around. We know this. But we also know that ours is not too bad. On top of this, we know that we have Anfield and everyone knows what this means," he said to UEFA.
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Anfield is one of Europe's most electric stadia, which away teams always toiling to grind out results.
The full Champions League draw
Sports Brief had earlier reported that the fixtures for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 are official.
Real Madrid will face Liverpool in what will be a repeat of last season's final, while Paris Saint-Germain will play Bayern Munich in a very stern test of their aspirations of winning their first title.
The draw was conducted in Nyon on November 7 by former Real Madrid player Hamit Altintop.