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The Uefa Champions League trophy on the eve of the 2022 final

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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:

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Liverpool v Real Madrid: Jurgen Klopp rejects Champions League final revenge mission

Jurgen Klopp has rejected the idea that the Champions League final is about revenge for Liverpool after the agonising 2018 loss to Real Madrid in Kyiv.

“This was a harsh night for us – it was tough to take,” said Klopp.

“But I don’t believe in revenge or think revenge is a fantastic idea,” he added.

“I understand what Mo said – he wants to put it right. But in Germany we say you always meet twice in life.

“If we get the chance to win it this time it will be a great story, but it will not be because of what happened in 2018.”

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Jack Rathborn28 May 2022 14:00

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Jurgen Klopp says Thiago Alcantara has a ‘good chance’ to play in Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp has said Thiago Alcantara has a “good chance” to play in the Champions League final for Liverpool.

The Spain midfielder exited the game at half-time against Wolves on the final day of the Premier League and has been nursing an Achilles injury since.

“He will train this afternoon,” Klopp said.

“At the moment it looks like he can be part of training tomorrow. That would be really helpful.

“It’s surprisingly good. After the game I was not really positive about it, but we got news that night that it doesn’t look that bad. We will see.”

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Jack Rathborn28 May 2022 13:50

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

It is a vengeful evening for the Reds as they lost to Real in the 2018 final. Jurgen Klopp’s side are the slim favourites heading into the clash but fans won’t be discounting Real, who fought back with a late equaliser and then extra time winner against Manchester City in the semi-finals.

Rafael Benitez, who managed both clubs, has issued a warning to the Reds ahead of the final due to Real’s fighting spirit. He said: “At Real Madrid it’s more about having quality players who can make the difference on their own – Carlo Ancelotti can organise the team. It’s giving them the confidence to play as well as they can.

“Ancelotti then has the ability – through experience – to make the right decisions. And that’s what it is – experience. His knowledge has given him an ability to make the right decisions on more occasions.”

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

Jack Rathborn28 May 2022 13:40

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Mason Mount on supporting Red Bull and reflecting on Chelsea’s season

Mason Mount: “We saw them yesterday for practice, had a little conversation, they’re really good guys. It’s boiling. Looking forward to the next one.

“I’m not sure about the Champions League final, it’s a top game, two top teams, I’m excited to watch. It’ll be a good game.

“We were in and around it [the title race], until half-way through, it’s disappointing, the goal is to close the gap. It’s an exciting time now, with the owners confirmed today. We look forward now, exciting stuff, can’t wait to get back to that.”

Jack Rathborn28 May 2022 13:34

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Meet the Champions League final referee Clement Turpin

He was the man in the middle for last season’s Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal and also officiated at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He last refereed Liverpool in last season’s Champions League where he took charge of the last-16 match between the Reds and RB Leipzig.

Turpin was in charge of Real Madrid’s quarter-final first leg against Chelsea, a game where Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

He will be assisted by Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore with Benoit Bastien the fourth official. Jerome Brisard will be in charge of VAR.

Jack Rathborn28 May 2022 13:30

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Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Real Madrid team news

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Joe Gomez. Divock Origi has been ruled out.

Real Madrid are expected to have David Alaba back from injury, with Carlo Ancelotti claiming to have a full squad available.

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Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Real Madrid predicted line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Mane, Diaz

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

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Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Real Madrid prediction

Real Madrid have pulled off some dizzying comebacks in this season’s Champions League but Liverpool are a stronger squad and have consistently shown the ability to rise to the occasion themselves. They will be even more determined after missing out on the final day of the Premier League season and will be desperate to avenge their defeat against Madrid in the 2018 final. Liverpool 3-1 Real Madrid

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Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Real Madrid odds

Liverpool – 11/10

Draw – 13/5

Real Madrid – 23/10

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