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Jurgen Klopp Clarifies Real Madrid 'Training Pitch' Remark

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Klopp has clarified his 'training pitch' remarks
Klopp has clarified his 'training pitch' remarks / Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has clarified his 'training pitch' remark about Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, where Real Madrid have been playing their homes game since June 2020 because of renovation works being carried out at Santiago Bernabeu.

Klopp was reported to have said “This is a training pitch", when Liverpool arrived at the Valdebebas training complex for their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Real Madrid last week.

After Real won the game 3-1, coach Zidane even hit back at Klopp's comment, insisting Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano is 'our stadium' and they are 'proud' to be playing there.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool's second-leg clash with Los Blancos, Klopp clarified his remarks as he said he did not want to be disrespectful and that was not his intention.

"People have made so much noise about that thing," Klopp told RMC Sport, as quoted by Marca. "I didn't want to be disrespectful.

"If they think that [Di Stefano] 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 Estadio Santiago 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."

Meanwhile, Liverpool have a mountain to climb in the second-leg as they would need to overturn a two-goal deficit against Real Madrid to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.