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    Saturday, 10 April 2021

    Real Madrid legend makes hurtful comment about Anfield ahead of return leg

    Former Real Madrid player, manager and director Jorge Valdano has taken hit back at comments from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

    The former Real Madrid star belittled Anfield when hitting back at criticism from the Reds manager.

    With renovations currently ongoing at the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid have played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano this season.

    And after losing 3-1 to the La Liga giants in midweek, the Reds boss was critical of Madrid's reserve stadium following the finial whistle.

    "It must be a really tricky task for Real Madrid at Anfield," Klopp said. "This was strange tonight because it was really difficult with the stadium [at Madrid's training ground] but Anfield is at least a proper stadium and it will be good for us."

    Klopp's comments displeased the Spaniards with Zinedine Zidane taking issue with his Liverpool counterpart's claims.

    Now, Valdano who enjoyed three successful seasons with Real Madrid as a player in the eighties before later serving the club both as manager and as a director, has belittled Anfield when responding to Klopp on radio station Onda Cero.

    "Real Madrid do not play at Valdebebas [training ground] for the competitive advantage, " Valdano explained. "An empty Bernabeu is still imposing and affects opponents negatively.

    "Therefore, Madrid actually lose out on a sporting advantage by playing there.

    "What [Ronald] Koeman said is also true: Madrid have taken advantage of the situation to create a 21st century stadium, and when it's ready the stadium that'll look like a training ground is Anfield if we're comparing [the two].

    "You have to keep up with the times."

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