Jurgen Klopp has apologised after what he described as “so much noise” regarding a comment he made about the venue in which Liverpool’s Champions League first leg match against Real Madrid was played.
Rather than welcome Klopp’s side to the 81,000-capacity Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Real took on Liverpool in the far more modest surroundings of the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Zinedine Zidane’s men played the visitors off the park, securing a 3-1 lead in the quarter final tie that the Premier League champions are looking to overhaul tonight at Anfield.
As reported by Marca, the Liverpool boss had described the ground as a “training pitch”.
Klopp has now sought to clarify that remark, insisting that he had no intention of disrespecting Los Blancos and insisting that the comment has been blown out of proportion.
Speaking to RMC Sport, Klopp said: “People have made so much noise about that thing.
“I didn’t want to be disrespectful.
“If they think that is the stadium they want to play at, that’s completely fine for me.
“They play there the whole season. I know the situation and that they are renovating (the Bernabeu) or I don’t know what exactly they do.
“That’s all fine. But making a story out of what I said is a real joke to be honest.
“If somebody thought I was disrespectful, I am sorry. That was not my intention.”
Real are severely depleted at the back for tonight’s game, with Sergio Ramos, Rafael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez all ruled out.