Liverpool will play Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday. They want to add another trophy to a stellar season.
Jurgen Klopp’s team won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup but missed out on a quadruple when Manchester City won the Premier League.
The Reds hope to avoid a repetition of the 2018 final against Real Madrid. Madrid won 3-1 thanks to Gareth Bale’s brace. Welshman set to leave Madrid this summer.
La Liga champions nearly made a comeback against Man City thanks to two stoppage-time goals from Rodrygo. Karim Benzema scored the game-winning goal in extra time.
Head to Head:
Real Madrid is undefeated in their past five matches, including the 2018 Champions League final.
Wins for Liverpool: 3
Wins for Real Madrid: 4
Thiago Alcantara is likely sidelined after hobbling off in their last Premier League match against Wolves. The Reds will be keen for Fabinho’s return after his hamstring injury-related absence.
Klopp revealed that Fabinho will resume training and is likely to be ready alongside Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah on Saturday. With a muscular ailment, Divock Origi is ruled out of the game. The Belgian will complete his Liverpool career without a Champions League final show dance.
After a month on the sidelines, Carlo Ancelotti announced David Alaba will be in contention for the match. Ancelotti has hinted that Gareth Bale, who is slated to leave in the summer, will be a member of the team.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keïta; Salah, Mané, Luis Díaz
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Éder Militão, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Valverde, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior
Liverpool enters the game as the favorite on paper following an exciting season with their high line and with Sadio Mane and Salah in fine form, they can wreak havoc on Madrid’s defense.
It is anticipated that the synergy between Benzema and Vinicius Jr. will continue. In order to capture the double this season, Madrid will be optimistic about its prospects against Liverpool’s high line.
Real Madrid seems to have an upper hand in this game.