Jurgen Klopp insists revenge is not on Liverpool’s mind ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid.
Tuesday’s showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu will be the first since the sides met in an eventful 2018 final, which Madrid won 3-1 to lift the trophy for a third season running.
Liverpool put that loss in Kiev behind them the following season by beating Tottenham in the final and are in the hunt for a seventh triumph in the competition this time around.
And with nearly three years having past since Gareth Bale scored twice to down Liverpool, Klopp says both he and his squad have drawn a line under the defeat.
“We are not on a revenge tour here. Life is like this. I don’t believe too much in revenge, but it would be nice to get through,” he said at Monday’s pre-match news conference.
“We feel in a good moment in the Premier League. Now we hope to keep that momentum. That would be very helpful.
“Our motivation is at the highest level because it is the Champions League and we want to go to the next round, it has nothing to do with 2018.
“But when we got the draw, because it is the first time that we played them since then, I remembered the game.”