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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Jurgen Klopp resists being hoodwinked by Zinedine Zidane's comment ahead of Anfield showdown

    Jurgen Klopp has dismissed claims from Zinedine Zidane that his Real Madrid side are 'physically at the limit'


    An injury-hit los Blancos will arrive Anfield on Wednesday without Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as they attempt to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

    After Saturday's hard-fought el Clasico win against Barcelona, Zidane claimed that his side were running on empty ahead of their visit to Anfield on Wednesday night.

    He said: "I don't know how we are going to end the season, because we are physically at the limit."

    Klopp, though, feels that comment was a reactive one that came after their biggest league game of the campaign and is instead expecting a much fresher Madrid side at Anfield.

    The Liverpool boss said: "First of all I don't think Real Madrid didn't win the Champions League as often as they have with Zinedine Zidane because they are not experienced.

    "They are pretty experienced and these are all things that are all part of the game. They have had injuries, that is clear and it is a pretty intense season, like us, so we are on the same level.

    "No-one has to use that as any kind of explanation, it's just late in the season, a crazy year with a lot of games and all these kinds of things.

    "But it is the decisive part of the season now and I am 100 per cent sure Real Madrid will be ready for this game.

    "That is what we will prepare for and not what the team felt five minutes after the Barcelona game, which is a situation when you really feel each bone because it was that intense.

    "So they are in a good moment and that is what we prepare for."

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