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Klopp confirms Liverpool wanted Real Madrid new signing last summer: “Realised it wouldn’t happen”

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Jurgen Klopp shook the footballing world earlier this month when he revealed that he would leave Liverpool at the end of the season. The German manager, over the years, has grown synonymous with the Merseyside club, even winning the UEFA Champions League with them in 2019.

Needless to say, Klopp has fought many a battle with Real Madrid during his tenure as the manager of Liverpool, both on as well as off the field. He has come out second-best more often than not, with the most recent example of the latter being the race for Jude Bellingham.

Liverpool and Real Madrid were the two primary options on Bellingham’s table before his transfer last summer. The player was determined to sign for Los Blancos, but that did not stop the Reds from making a serious effort to sign him.

Speaking in a recent interview, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool did indeed hold a strong interest in the English phenom.

“We were interested in Bellingham, but then we realized that it wouldn’t happen because we wouldn’t have money for anything else,” he said.

The German tactician then elaborated on why his side walked out of the race for the phenom, citing that their desperate need for a number 6 held them back.

“Then, suddenly, the entire market for numbers ‘6′ skyrocketed. We had our own situation with two ‘6’, who left the club. The market warmed up.”

Bellingham eventually signed for the Merengues in a deal worth €103 million, a figure that now appears to be a bargain.

Just over six months into his stint in Madrid, he has established himself as a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti and appears set to take over as the team’s next talisman.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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