Liverpool’s run in this season’s Champions League came to an end after they were eliminated from the competition by Real Madrid earlier this month.
The Reds were unsuccessful in overcoming the 3-1 deficit from the first leg as the return leg at Anfield ended in a goalless draw.
Real Madrid hosted the Merseyside club at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano because of the ongoing renovation work at Santiago Bernabéu. The former is a part of the Spanish club’s training facilities in Valdebebas.
Jürgen Klopp was unhappy with the fact that his men had to play at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano and labelled the stadium as a ‘training pitch’, and then followed it up by stating the return leg at Anfield will be played at the “real stadium”.
He did, however, later apologise for any annoyance he’d caused.
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez spoke to journalist Manu Carreño during Cadena Ser’s El Larguero on Wednesday and the Los Blancos chief was clearly unhappy with the earlier comments made by the Liverpool manager.
“Valdebebas? I don’t know why he doesn’t like it. For us, Valdebebas and Kiev [are] the same: 3-1. The same pitch,” Pérez said.
The reference of Kiev here is with regards to the 3-1 defeat Liverpool suffered at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League final in May 2018 that took place in the Ukraine’s capital.
Pérez is, obviously, more than a little shaken after his European Super League project, which was supposed to include Liverpool, collapsed this week.