The match, a replay of the 2018 final, was scheduled to take place at the “Gazprom Arena” in Saint Petersburg, but was moved to Princes Stadium, France After the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine on February 24.
“I am happy to have the match here for a thousand reasons. The war is still going on, and we have to think about that,” Klopp told reporters.
Reuters quoted the former Borussia Dortmund coach as saying that moving the final to Paris was precisely “the right message that should reach Russia.”
Moscow describes the war as a “special military operation” to disarm and “de-Nazify” Ukraine, while Kyiv and the West describe the Russian offensive as an unjustified war of aggression.
“We play this final for all the Ukrainian people,” Klopp said. “I’m sure some people in Ukraine can still watch the game and we’re doing it for them 100 percent.”
Liverpool hopes to win its third title this season after winning the League Cup and the FA Cup, while Real Madrid seeks to add its victory to the League title to the 14th European Champions League title, consolidating its record.
Saturday’s match will give Liverpool an opportunity to avenge its loss against Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final, knowing that the “Reds” have not lost since last March, and have been defeated in only three games this season, and won two local titles, despite the loss of the opportunity to win the English Premier League title. The Premier League on the last day of the season, while Real managed to win the Spanish League title a month before the end.