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Real Madrid v Liverpool: Match preview
It simply doesn’t get any bigger than this.
The 2018 Champions League final looks set to be one for the ages - a truly titanic showdown between European football royalty and arguably two of the three best players in the world.
Real Madrid and Liverpool – 17 titles between them – lock horns as Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and a glittering support cast vie for supremacy on the grandest stage in the club game.
History beckons once again for Real as the competition’s most decorated side aim to become the first team since Bayern Munich (1974-76) to lift the trophy three years in a row.
The presence of the 12-time winners in the showpiece, secured with a 4-3 aggregate defeat of the Bavarians in the semi-finals, comes as no surprise.
But who – optimistic Liverpool fans aside, perhaps – would honestly have picked the identity of their opponents at the start of the season?
Klopp’s men, lest we forget, were not even considered the Premier League’s best hope of going deep into the main draw as they sized up a play-off round clash with Hoffenheim last August.
Manchester City, Manchester United and, maybe to a slightly lesser extent, then-champions Chelsea were all fancied to carry a stronger fight to the Champions League elite.
Yet the sensational manner in which Liverpool have blazed a trail to Kiev should leave no-one in any doubt about their chances of landing a sixth crown at the NSC Olimpyskiy Stadium.
In particular, the swaggering 5-1 aggregate dismantling of City in the quarter-finals, either side of two-legged wins over Porto and Roma, put the rest of Europe on notice.
Their numbers, from an attacking viewpoint, are astounding.
Klopp’s men have smashed 40 goals in their run to the final – ten more than Real – at an average of well over three per game, while no-one has accumulated more than their 89 shots on target.
Salah (ten goals, four assists) and his sidekicks Roberto Firmino (ten goals, seven assists) and Sadio Mane (nine goals, two assists) have laid waste to defences the length and breadth of the continent.
By comparison, Real’s next top scorer after the irrepressible Ronaldo – who has scored 15 goals and needs two in the final to equal his record-breaking haul of 17 in 2013/14 – is Karim Benzema with four.
The game has inevitably been billed as a clash between Salah and Ronaldo, who have both scored 44 goals in all competitions this season.
However, Ronaldo was keen to play down the comparison in an exclusive interview with BT Sport this week..
“People want to compare me with other players…I’m different to anyone," he said.
"Salah is different to the other ones. He plays with the left foot, I play with the right. I’m tall and he’s a little bit shorter. We are completely different.
“I have to say he’s played a fantastic season – but Saturday? Let’s see.
"My legacy is there. Even if nothing changes, I’m going to be there. This is special, this competition. I love to play in the Champions League.
"It will be a dream if I personally win my fifth Champions League. It would be unbelievable. I just want to be focused on Saturday and trying to win this amazing trophy."
Salah, meanwhile, admitted he is flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Yet he, too, was unwilling to label Saturday's showdown a straight shoot-out between himself and the Portugal skipper.
"I’m very proud to see myself compared with those names," he said in exclusive interview with ex-Chelsea team-mate and BT Sport pundit Frank Lampard.
"To be honest I just feel great about the numbers, about how everyone is talking about Ronaldo and Messi because they’ve been at that level for 13 years, 15 years.
"It’s a final. It’s not about Salah or Ronaldo or someone else – it’s about the clubs.
"I want to make everyone proud, I want to make everyone happy in the city, in Egypt and all over the world, so I just need to think about the game and nothing else. Just do my job."
Zinedine Zidane’s men still go in as the bookmakers' favourites, which is understandable considering their undoubted pedigree in such high-stakes shoot-outs and the impressive nature of their own passage through to the final.
After labouring to second place behind Tottenham in a group also featuring Borussia Dortmund and APOEL, they dismissed the champions of France (PSG), Italy (Juventus) and then Germany (Bayern) over two legs.
It's a theme that Klopp noticably warmed to when BT Sport caught up with him earlier this week.
"They are much more experienced than we are," he said. "They are 14, 15 times world class – we are not.
"We are top class, we are really good – you can’t go to a Champions League final if you’re not – but they’ve proved it.
"They have world champions, European champions…all that stuff in their team."
Real are also looking to extend an extraordinary record of six straight Champions League final wins.
The last one they lost was against - you guessed it - Liverpool in the 1981 instalment, when Alan Kennedy scored the only goal eight minutes from time in Paris.
Klopp, by contrast, has lost his last five finals as a manager, including the League Cup and Europa League versions in his debut season with the Reds in 2016.
But as ever with the German, he is also keen to accentuate the positives.
"We are Liverpool, that’s how it is. You can win things with this club," he added.
"People believe in this team, not the [Reds’ European Cup-winning] teams of 1981, 1984 or 2005. They don’t have to use their brains too much for old memories to enjoy football.
“So we can really enjoy this moment with these boys and yeah…I hope we can do it on Saturday.”
The defensive frailties on show in Real's knock-out games should give Liverpool plenty of encouragement as they plot another glory night 13 years on from the miracle of Istanbul.
Los Merengues have also disappointed domestically this term, eventually being forced to settle for a disappointing third-placed finish in La Liga, 17 points adrift of champions Barcelona.
There is perhaps a chance, then, that the holders' potential flakiness and over-reliance on Ronaldo - who was curiously quiet in both Bayern clashes - could finally catch up with them.
Will Liverpool grasp the nettle and break Spanish hearts again?
Join us live from 6pm on Saturday night to find out.
Real Madrid v Liverpool: Team news
Liverpool have had their fair share of injury woes in recent weeks but were handed a triple boost as it emerged that Emre Can, James Milner and Adam Lallana will be available.
However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are all ruled out.
Zidane's major decision is whether to include Gareth Bale, who has been in and out of the team this term but has fired five goals in his last four starts. He is definitely in contention.
The return of Dani Carvajal is a welcome tonic for Zidane after the way Lucas Vazquez was exposed as an auxiliary right-back against Bayern.
Indeed, the Frenchman has a fully-fit squad to choose from as he bids to become the first man ever to lead a team to three consecutive Champions League titles - and in just his third season as a manager, too.
Real Madrid v Liverpool: Head to head
This will be the sixth meeting between the sides, with Liverpool currently holding the upper hand with three wins to Real’s two.
However, the Spaniards were comfortably superior in their two most recent encounters in the 2013/14 Champions League group stages.
|04/11/14||Champions League||Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool||Benzema|
|22/10/14||Champions League||Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid||Ronaldo, Benzema (2)|
|10/03/09||Champions League||Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid||Torres, Gerrard (2), Dossena|
|25/02/09||Champions League||Real Madrid 0-1 Liverpool||Benayoun|
|27/05/81||European Cup||Real Madrid 0-1 Liverpool||Kennedy|
Real Madrid v Liverpool: Key statistics
This is Real Madrid’s 16th appearance in a European Cup/Champions League final, more than any other side in the history of the competition.
This is Liverpool’s eighth European Cup/Champions League final, three more than any other English side.
The 1981 final against Liverpool was the last time Real Madrid lost the showpiece – they’ve won each of their six finals since then, all in the Champions League (1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017).
Spanish sides have won their last six major European finals against English sides (excluding Super Cups), most recently Sevilla beating Liverpool in the 2016 Europa League.
Liverpool were the last English side to beat a Spanish side in a final, triumphing 5-4 over Alaves in the 2001 UEFA Cup.
Only Barcelona (45 in 1999-00) and Real Madrid (41 in 2013-14) have ever scored more than Liverpool's current tally of 40 in a single campaign in the competition.
The Reds have also kept six clean sheets in the competition this season – no side has kept more (level with Barcelona).
Zinedine Zidane has become the first manager to reach three consecutive Champions League finals since Marcello Lippi (1996-1998).
Zidane could become the third manager to win the European Cup/Champions League three times (after Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti), while he’d be the first to win it in three consecutive seasons.
This is Jurgen Klopp’s second appearance in the Champions League final, having previously lost with Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2013.
Klopp has lost five of his six major finals as manager (2x DFB-Pokal, 1 Champions League, 1 League Cup, 1 Europa League), winning the DFB-Pokal with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more Champions League final goals than any other player (4), with the Portuguese scoring in a record three different finals in the competition (since 1992-93 - 2008, 2014 and 2017).
Ronaldo could become the first player to score in consecutive finals in the Champions League era, while the last player to do so in the European Cup was Franz Roth (1975 and 1976).
No player to have played for Liverpool this season has ever previously appeared in a Champions League final.
Ronaldo (15 goals, 3 assists) and Roberto Firmino (10 goals, 7 assists) are the two players with the most goal involvements in the Champions League this season.
Liverpool’s trio of Mohamed Salah (10), Roberto Firmino (10) and Sadio Mane (9) have scored more goals than any other trio at a club in a single Champions League campaign, overtaking Real Madrid’s threesome of Ronaldo (17), Gareth Bale (6) and Karim Benzema (5) in 2013-14.
James Milner has provided a competition-high eight assists in the Champions League this season
Real Madrid v Liverpool: Match odds
Real Madrid: 6/5
Real Madrid to lift trophy: 8/13
Liverpool to lift trophy: 6/5
All odds correct with bet365 at the time of writing
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