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Real Madrid players not bothered about facing Liverpool in fair tie

Real Madrid are reportedly unphased about facing Liverpool in the Champions League last 16.

The Reds were pitted against Los Blancos in Monday's draw, in what will be a repeat of last season's Champions League final. And Carlo Ancelotti's side have no qualms about going against the Kop giants who they demolished 3-1 in Paris this summer.

In fact, the La Liga titans are in a buoyant mood heading into the second round tie. That's according to Spanish journalist Jose Luis Alvarez who reported on Twitter: "The draw hasn't gone down badly in Madrid's locker room, team’s mood is that it’s fair."

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Real have every reason to be confident against the Reds who they've beaten in the competition on the last three occasions they've met, twice in the finals, and once in the last eight.

And Liverpool's bogeyman and Real striker Karim Benzema seemed to share his side's optimism as he retweeted a post from his club posting the upcoming European spectacle.

Jurgen Klopp's side will have their work cut out trying to keep the French ace quiet whose fresh off the back of scooping his first Ballon d'Or award. Liverpool fans know getting past Benzema and Co will be no easy feat, especially after the Reds' dismal form this season, and took to Twitter to voice their fears.

One fan moaned: "Nah why can't Real just leave us alone, I've moved past the need for revenge they've caused me too much pain." While another chimed in: "So, so sick of Madrid."

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However, a third supporter reckoned it's best for the Reds to face them Real now, instead of in the finals. Plus, the club's faithful will be hoping Klopp sticks to his promise after the German urged fans to book their hotels for this season's finale when they lost to Real in May.

It's also the perfect opportunity for Mo Salah to finally get his revenge against the Spanish outfit. Salah wrongfully predicted that the Reds would be victorious in May's encounter, and now has the chance to prove the doubters wrong when the sides meet again.

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