Jurgen Klopp is adamant Liverpool won’t be distracted by memories of last season’s Champions League glory when they return to the Wanda Metropolitano this week.

The Reds fly out to Spain on Monday afternoon to prepare for their round of 16 first leg the following night against Atletico Madrid.

The stadium is the scene of Klopp’s greatest night as Liverpool manager when earning his first silverware in the job and the club’s sixth European Cup by masterminding a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the final last June.

But the Reds boss is convinced his players will be focused only on the task in hand as they aim to continue their defence of the trophy.

“We know the stadium, and it’s a positive emotion we have when we think about that stadium,” said Klopp.

“Yes, it’s just a stadium, that’s true. But it was one of our greatest nights and I’m pretty sure when the boys go in, they will see it.

“But we are not going there for a pilgrimage, for sure not. We have had enough time for all these things to settle.

“They happened long ago, before pre-season already it was all settled.

“But it’s a great place and a great stadium. It will be a good atmosphere as well, Atletico will fight with all they have.

“It will be just difficult, that’s clear. But it will be difficult for Atletico as well.”

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Klopp, meanwhile, has refused to be drawn on suggestions Pep Guardiola could leave Manchester City in the summer with UEFA having handed the Etihad side a two-year European ban.

“I don’t want to say anything about that because it will just create headline and I don’t want to do that,” said the Liverpool boss.

“The only thing I can say is I couldn’t respect Pep Guardiola more.

“I really think he is the best manager in the world. I’ve said that plenty of times and I still think it.

“It will not change now (because of what is happening with Manchester City).”