Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he would have no regrets if he finishes his career without taking charge of Real Madrid.
The Reds face Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, with Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane under pressure to deliver silverware this season.
Klopp was asked about whether he would like to manage Real one day in his pre-match press conference, but his answer was definitive.
“I said if I had at the end of my career only three clubs which would be Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, then it’s not too bad,” he said. “I would not regret it [never managing Real Madrid].
“You asked if I would regret it if I would never manage Real Madrid, I don’t think so.
“But when I came out the plane today I regret already that we don’t live here because the weather is so much better here! We were freezing. I have a gilet with me so you are blessed. We do it the hard way.”
Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real in the 2018 Champions League final, partly due to two errors from Loris Karius and an early injury to Mohamed Salah.
But Klopp said that he is not out for revenge and his sole focus is simply on qualifying for the semi-finals.
“We are not on a revenge tour here, but it would be nice to get through. We feel in a good moment. Now we hope to keep the momentum,” he added.
“My motivation is at the highest level because this is the Champions League. We want to go to the next round. We play Real Madrid, this has nothing to do with 2018.
“But when we got the draw, because this is the first time we’ve drawn Real Madrid since then, of course I remembered the game.
“I said it after the game at the time, if somebody asked me in a press conference a week later, a month later, if I would invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday, I would have said ‘no’.
“I didn’t like what happened that night, it was a strange night, it’s completely normal but that was long ago. I cannot get that feeling back, that anger.”