Zidane dismisses Klopp’s ‘strange’ comments after Liverpool loss

Zinedine Zidane has rebuffed Jurgen Klopp' s comments that the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano is not a proper stadium and that Real Madrid are proud to play there.

Liverpool played out their Champions League quarter-final first leg at the 8,000 capacity venue as Real Madrid carry out renovation works at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The stadium is more commonly used for training and Real Madrid Castilla (B team) matches.

Liverpool lost the encounter 3-1 thanks to two goals from Vinicius Jr and Marco Asensio. Mohamed Salah did grab a vital away goal which could prove crucial for the reverse leg next Wednesday.

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And at full-time Klopp claimed that the encounter felt strange because of where the contest was hosted.

"This here tonight was really strange because it was a difficult situation in the stadium, but Anfield is at least a proper stadium and that will be good for us," said the German at full-time.

Zidane, though, refused to be drawn in on Klopp's comments but did add he and his players have no shame in playing at the smaller venue.

"I don't have an opinion about what Jurgen says, we are proud to play in this stadium," said the Frenchman.

Liverpool have a rich history of staging phenomenal second-leg comebacks and Zidane is under no illusion that the tie is already won.

"Liverpool is the opponent and we know they are going to leave all they have on the pitch, I have no question about that," Zidane said.

"We just need to be ready and it is going to be a very good second leg match. We will need to do the same thing in the second leg.

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  • "We are happy with the result but we have won nothing. We are happy with the performance and what the players have done is huge after a lot of difficulties in our season.

    "There is a long road ahead and we are alive. Today is the first leg but we'll know we'll have a second leg and our idea is to think that we go into that and the result will be 0-0.

    "For us, we are happy but we have another complicated game for the second leg."

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