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Liverpool boss Klopp upset seeing pitch laid Thursday ahead of Champions League final

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has concerns about the Stade de France pitch ahead of tonight’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

A new playing surface was only finally laid at 1am on Thursday. Klopp went straight to inspect it when he arrived at the stadium and discussed it with match referee Clement Turpin. The Reds boss made a point of saying he was not complaining about the pitch, but he recognised it was far from ideal.

“Usually when I say the pitch looks new, that is good news,” said Klopp. “This pitch is new since yesterday, which is not the best news. But it will be the same for both teams. I saw the refs and the good news is the ball drops normally.

“That someone thought it was a good idea to bring the pitch the day before to the stadium is interesting.

“But it didn’t kill my mood one per cent. I am really happy we are here, I would have played the game on a petanque (surface).”

On whether the quality of the contest would be compromised, Klopp added: “Both teams are technical and you would wish in a dream world that the pitch is the best you ever saw. That’s obviously not the case. You will hear the same from Carlo Ancelotti.

“Definitely, if you win you don’t care about the pitch — that is easy to say. I don’t know how bad or good it is, I only just saw it. Maybe it’s perfect but it looks not perfect.”

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