Jurgen Klopp admits he is pleased Liverpool avoided Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City in the Champions League but says his team’s quarter-final clash against Real Madrid will be ‘tough’.
Last season’s Premier League champions Liverpool will face Spanish giants Madrid over two legs on 6-7 and 13-14 April.
Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League final and Klopp says it is ‘cool’ for his team to have the opportunity to play them again.
In the other last-eight fixtures, Premier League champions-elect Man City face Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea take on Porto and holders Bayern Munich meet Paris Saint-Germain.
Reacting to the quarter-final draw, Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: ‘It’s exciting, exciting. It’s obviously a tough draw.
‘But I am fine with it because if you look at all the other teams you think, “Oh my god” because they are all strong and all have quality, that’s clear. I am really looking forward to the games.
‘It’s only just over two years ago that we faced them and it was a tough night for us, so to get the chance to play them again is cool.
‘I know it’s a different round and whatever and we don’t know where we will play and stuff like this, but that’s all OK. If it will be Budapest, that’s fine. We are fine with that. The home game maybe hopefully at Anfield, that would be great as well.
‘So, no, nothing bad to say – nothing bad to say actually, it’s just cool.’
Following a brilliant campaign, Manchester City are set to take the Premier League title away from Anfield, while Chelsea have impressed since Thomas Tuchel took charge in January.
On avoiding the English clubs in Europe, Liverpool boss Klopp added: ‘I think we are all the same: Bayern doesn’t want to play Dortmund, for example, because they are from the same country and for us, it was City and Chelsea.
‘If we can avoid as long as possible then you do it, but all the rest, it was clear we would face a tough opponent.’
Liverpool beat Wolves 1-0 during the week and return to Premier League action after the international break against Arsenal.