Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said he is already looking forward to the prospect of reigniting his rivalry with Bayern Munich, following the draw for the Champions League round of 16 on Monday.
The two European giants have not met in a competitive match, since the UEFA Super Cup in 2001, when Liverpool emerged victorious.
Klopp however battled Bayern during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund, losing a Champions League final to the Bavarians.
He told Liverpool’s official website:
“Difficult. Good draw. It was clear it would be difficult [and] they are obviously a top side.
“For me it’s nice, going to Germany. But it’s just the draw. So we have now time to prepare the game, a lot of time obviously, and hopefully we have all our players available then.
“It will be a tough one, an interesting one, and I am looking forward to it.”
On whether his history with Bayern will make a difference in the tie, Klopp continued: “I don’t know. This is a different Bayern than what I played, we are already here for three years [and] since the Audi Cup [in the summer of 2017].
“We all know the stadium, the atmosphere will be great. It’s a really nice trip for all our supporters, it’s a wonderful city, so that’s all good.
“The flight is not too long and we obviously know more about German football than about any other league, that’s true, but that doesn’t make a big, massive difference. In the end, the boys have to decide it on the pitch. Let’s give it a try.”
“Real Reason Why Zidane Quit As Real Madrid Coach” – Calderon
Former Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon has revealed Zinedine Zidane quit as coach over a disagreement regarding who was in control of transfers.
Calderon said the Frenchman walked away from Santiago Bernabeu because he wanted Gareth Bale sold instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, but president Florentino Perez had other ideas.
“Zidane made it very clear when he decided to leave the club,”he told Bleacher Report.
“He insisted on keeping Cristiano and transferring Bale, and the president did completely the opposite.
“Zidane also wanted to sign some players and transfer others apart from Bale but he didn’t get [his wishes], so he decided to leave. And he was right.”
Calderon added that:-
“The point with Cristiano was not only that he scored 50 goals per season but also that he was a leader. He could help team-mates. He was always encouraging them to play better, to train more.
“For me, that is the main problem not only the loss of his goals but Cristiano’s behaviour, his attitude.”
Messi Sets New Record, Becomes First Player To Score 400 Laliga Goals
Lionel Messi became the first-ever player to reach 400 goals in LaLiga, after he netted in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Eibar at Camp Nou on Sunday. Messi, 31, has now scored eight goals in his last five league games, including a double against Espanyol and a hat-trick against Levante.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring, before Messi made it 2-0. In total, Messi has now netted 25 goals in just 23 appearances in all competitions this season, including 17 in the league.
The Argentine forward has been La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer since November 2014, when he overtook Telmo Zarra at the top of the rankings. Former Athletic Bilbao striker Zarra had held the record since the 1950s with 251 goals.
Messi has also been Barca’s top scorer in all competitions for a number of years. After his goal against Eibar, his tally stands at 575, ahead of Cesar (232 goals) and Laszlo Kubala (194 goals).
‘Pogba Should Have Gotten Red Card In Tottenham vs Man United’- Graeme Souness
Graeme Souness has criticised referee Mike Dean for not sending off Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, for his challenge on Tottenham’s Dele Alli.
Pogba set up Marcus Rashford for the only goal of the game, as United secured a 1-0 victory at Wembley.
However, Souness believes that Pogba’s challenge in the 78th minute, should have resulted in a red card instead of a yellow.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Souness said:
“I think it’s a red card. And there’s not one ounce of doubt in my mind. He knew what he was doing.
“You step over it, you use your strength to keep the player away, but look where the ball is, look where the foot is.
“If that referee doesn’t see that as a red card, he sees it as a foul, he sees it as a yellow card, then he knows nothing about football, the referee. There wasn’t one ounce of doubt in my mind he’s gone over the ball to do him.”