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Klopp pleased to avoid Chelsea, Manchester City in Champions League draw

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the Champions League quarter-finals tie against Real Madrid will be a ‘tough’ one. 

Liverpool will be up against Madrid over two legs on 6-7 and 13-14 April in the Champions League. The Spanish giants beat the Reds in the 2019 final and Klopp says it is ‘cool’ for his team to have the opportunity to play them again. 

The German however admitted he was pleased with his side to have avoided Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City in the quarter-finals draw.

“It’s exciting, exciting. It’s obviously a tough draw,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“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.”

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On avoiding EPL teams 

“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.”

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