Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has backed his team to eliminate current Champions League holders Liverpool should the two sides meet in the knockout stages of the competition.
Zidane, 47, was asked about the prospect of facing the European champions in the last-16 after the Spanish giants secured their passage from the group-stages following a 3-1 victory against Club Brugge.
The World Cup-winning midfielder is the joint-most successful manager in the competition alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley and has lifted the famous trophy in each of his three competitive seasons as manager.
“If we play Liverpool, we will eliminate them,” Zidane said in his post-match press conference. “We can’t do anything about the draw.”
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has never lost a two-legged European knockout tie whilst in charge of the Reds and the Liverpool manager is looking to reach his third consecutive Champions League final following the team’s triumph in Madrid back in June.
The two teams recently met in the 2018 final in Kiev where Madrid famously made it a record 13 triumphs in the competition following a 3-1 victory against Klopp’s team.
The last time Liverpool and Real Madrid locked horns in the knockout stages was in 2009 when the Reds secured a 5-0 victory over two legs – including a 4-0 thrashing at Anfield.
Following Zidane’s comments, many Liverpool supporters have taken to Twitter expressing their thoughts of the prospect of once again meeting Los Blancos in the competition.
Bring it on Zizou
— LFC_SMO (@lfc_smo) December 12, 2019
“Who do you want in the Champions League draw?” Real Madrid please
— 𝕁𝔸𝕀 (@Jai_10_) December 12, 2019
I really want Liverpool to play against Real Madrid 😋
— 👑Ҝ𝓗Δ𝓵€𝓭🦅ɛƖცɛཞცąῳყ🇪🇬🇨🇦 (@KElberbawy) December 12, 2019
I want them
— Like-a-VIRGIL (@Like_A_VIRGIL_4) December 12, 2019