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Jurgen Klopp denies Liverpool want Real Madrid rematch - but hints at revenge; Reds boss quizzed about who he wants in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Byline: David Prentice

Jurgen Klopp denied that his Liverpool team was craving a revenge match with Real Madrid when the Champions League returns in February with the knockout rounds.

Liverpoolguaranteed their place in the knockout rounds with a thrilling1-0 defeat of Napoli at Anfield.

And afterwards an Italian journalist told Klopp that every Liverpool fan he had spoken to pre-match had told him they wanted the chance for revenge against the team which defeated them in last season's Champions League final.

He asked if Klopp shared that wish.

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The Reds' boss smiled and replied: "I don't know about that. The only thing I know is that a lot of fans would like to have a rematch against PSG too.

"But we have no say in that.

"We will wait for the draw.

"Until tonight I wasn't even sure we would be in the draw so now we are in it how could I sit here and ask for any team?

"I don't care.

"We are second in the group so we could have an outstanding, strong opponent.

"It is such a long season, we carry on in February and until then we have about 30 games so hopefully we are all healthy by then."

Liverpool 1-0 Napoli

Asked how his team had achieved such a transformation from the one which lost so limply in Naples in October, the Reds boss added: "Everything changed. Everything.

"If the first game was good for anything it was that they could have no idea of who we are really, because that was not us in Napoli. That was somebody else.

"We could have made a six hour meeting about that game because we made so many mistakes. But we decided to ignore it and concentrate on the next league game. So tonight we did everything we needed to do and we played an outstanding game."

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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2018
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