With Liverpool facing Atlético Madrid in the Champions League, the prospect of taunting Jürgen Klopp was just too great for Enrique Cerezo.
The Spanish side’s president was interviewed ahead of the clash between the two clubs, who ended up, very quickly we might add, recalling the last two times the teams met.
First addressing claims from Klopp that he didn’t particular enjoy what Atlético Madrid produced on the pitch, Cerezo said, speaking to Cadena COPE: “Each teacher has his booklet and ours has done very well the last times he has played against Klopp.”
Then, the sarcasm came out, as the president couldn’t help himself: “It’s very hard for a manager like Klopp and for a team like Liverpool that the two games we have played lately eliminated them, and a long time ago, in another UEFA knockout, we also eliminated them at home.”
The two set of fixtures Cerezo was referring to were the 2020 UEFA Champions League games, where Atlético Madrid won 3-2 at Anfield to add to their 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano, and the 2010 Europa League semi-finals, which the Spanish club won on away goals.
Of course, Klopp wasn’t the Reds’ manager then, Rafa Benitez was, but it seems the La Liga chief hasn’t forgotten that win on their way to lifting the 2009/10 European trophy.
Just some food for thought for Liverpool and their manager, and perhaps Cerezo will end up eating humble pie come 10pm on Tuesday night.
We’ll have to wait and see.