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Jurgen Klopp dedicates Liverpool’s Champions League final to people of Ukraine

Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final at the Satde de France in Paris.

It is a final covered in “great irony”, with Jurgen Klopp’s side able to secure a famous cup treble and seventh heaven for the Reds in terms of European Cups. While Los Blancos can add a 14th European crown. It is, of course, a repeat of the 2018 final in Kyiv, where Sadio Mane cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener, which came from a howler from Loris Karius. A famous double from Gareth Bale, including a spectacular bicycle kick to hand the Spaniards the lead, soon followed to secure glory. Redemption for Jurgen Klopp’s side came just 12 months later with victory against Tottenham in Madrid, while tonight offers a chance of revenge, specifically for Mohamed Salah, who was injured so early on against Madrid four years ago. When pushed on the theme of revenge, Klopp downplayed its impact: “I don’t believe in revenge or think revenge is a fantastic idea. I understand what Mo said. He wants to put it right, but in Germany we say you always meet twice in life.”

After defeating Paris Saint-German, Chelsea and Manchester City in thrilling circumstances, Carlo Ancelotti is back on the biggest stage, with the Italian able to add a fourth Champions League title to his resume. The former AC Milan and Chelsea boss fondly remembers battles with the Reds, including the devastating defeat in Istanbul in 2007: “In my career in the Champions League, we have faced each other many times. The first time was in 1984, the final in Rome. I didn’t play because I was injured. Then, in 2005 and 2007, and of course, the rivalry was accentuated during the period I worked at Everton. Now, we’ll face each other again. They have a great squad, they’re difficult to go up against. They play at a very high level, with great physicality, but it’s a pleasure to play against them in the final.” Follow build-up, live team news, goal and score updates, analysis and reaction from Paris:


Champions League final 2022: Liverpool fans arrive in Paris

Liverpool supporters arrive in Paris in big numbers ahead of tonight’s Champions League final.

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Michael Jones28 May 2022 18:15


Champions League final 2022: Stade de France

Michael Jones28 May 2022 18:10


Champions League final 2022: Real Madrid’s team changes

Carlo Ancelotti makes two changes to the Real Madrid side that lined up against Real Betis in La Liga over a week ago. David Alaba was rested for that game and he returns ahead of Nacho. Federico Valverde is also preferred to Rodrygo who starts on the bench.

Michael Jones28 May 2022 18:05


Champions League final 2022: Real Madrid’s starting XI

Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Vinicius, Benzema

Michael Jones28 May 2022 18:00


Champions League final 2022: Record breaker Ancelotti?

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has reached a record fifth Champions League final, more than any other manager. The 62-year-old is hoping to lift the famous old trophy for a fourth time – becoming the first boss to do so.

Liverpool’s Bob Paisley and Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane have also won the tournament three times as managers, alongside the current Madrid boss.

Ancelotti’s only failure in a Champions League final came against tonight’s opponents.

His AC Milan team famously led 3-0 just before the break in 2005 before a three-goal burst from Liverpool in the space of six minutes ahead of the hour mark drew them level. The Reds then went on to win the resultant penalty shoot-out.

Michael Jones28 May 2022 17:55


Liverpool vs Real Madrid: How to watch Champions League final for free

Jurgen Klopp’s side are seeking redemption after losing an acrimonious 2018 final against Madrid, when Mohamed Salah was forced off with an injury and Gareth Bale scored a spectacular overhead kick.

Liverpool are the slim favourites heading into the clash but few will discount Madrid after a series of spectacular comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City to reach the final.

But how can fans watch and when is kick-off? Here’s all you need to know:

Michael Jones28 May 2022 17:50


Champions League 2022: Ah Paris!

The Champions League final is being played at the Stade de France on the edge of Paris.

It was originally meant to be played in the Russian city of St. Petersburg but after the country’s invasion of Ukraine, it was moved to France.

This is also the third year in a row the venue of the Champions League final has been moved – the previous two due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Michael Jones28 May 2022 17:45


Champions League final 2022: Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Tonight’s match will be the third time these two sides have met in the final of this competition – after 1981 and 2018 – making it the most-played showpiece in the history of this tournament.

(Getty Images)

Michael Jones28 May 2022 17:40


Champions League final 2022: Madrid enjoy finals

Real Madrid have triumphed in each of their last seven finals in this competition since 1981.

That year they succumbed to a Liverpool side in Paris, with Alan Kennedy’s late goal clinching it for Bob Paisley’s Reds 41 years ago yesterday.

A sign of things to come perhaps?

Michael Jones28 May 2022 17:35


Andy Robertson reaping rewards of improvement to gain edge in Liverpool full back rivalry

Andy Robertson has found a new way of winding up Trent Alexander-Arnold. When their paths cross, he just utters three words and they need no elaboration for either of Liverpool’s flying full backs. “I just say to him ‘by a mile’,” the Scot smiled. “I just keep saying it to him. I walk past and that’s all I need to say.”

Those three words have given Robertson a chance to gloat in a friendly rivalry that has helped drive Liverpool to greatness. There are two times in recent weeks when former full backs have brought a sudden influx of messages to Robertson’s phone. One is a Liverpool icon, in Alan Kennedy; another was long a hate figure at Anfield, in Gary Neville.

When it became apparent that, as in 1981, the European Cup final would be Liverpool versus Real Madrid in Paris, it brought back memories of Kennedy. Robertson was sent footage of an unlikely scorer’s winner, often with the suggestion he could emulate a predecessor. “If we get a good basis then I will let someone else try and be the hero,” he countered.

Michael Jones28 May 2022 17:30


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