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Real Madrid boss Zidane heaps praise on Liverpool’s ‘amazing’ Jurgen Klopp

Real Madrid boss Zidane heaps praise on Liverpool’s ‘amazing’ Jurgen Klopp

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has this evening lavished praise on Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp, ahead of the Champions League showdown between the sides this weekend.

Matchup

Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to go head to head in club football’s biggest showpiece this Saturday night in Kiev, with the latter hoping to retain their crown.

Real endured a tough (and controversial) road in making it back to this season’s final, having put all of PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich to the sword since the turn of the year.

The latest of these came versus Bayern, with Los Blancos having been lucky to scrape past the Bundesliga champions courtesy of a 4-3 aggregate scoreline.

Liverpool, meanwhile, advanced to the final of the Champions League via a thrilling 7-6 aggregate semi-final win over Serie A outfit AS Roma, despite falling to a 4-2 defeat in the tie’s second-leg.

James Milner

James Milner of Liverpool takes on Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi of AS Roma during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Liverpool and A.S. Roma at Anfield on April 24, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

‘Respect’

Speaking in a press conference in anticipation of the matchup earlier today, Real boss Zinedine Zidane was questioned on his adversary for this weekend’s proceedings, Jurgen Klopp.

And, while the Frenchman admitted that he had never actually crossed paths with Klopp before, Zidane was keen to pay make his deep ‘respect’ for the Liverpool boss known, labelling the work done by Klopp at both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool ‘amazing’.

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