Liverpool and Real Madrid are both tyrants in the world of soccer, winning the Champions League (previously the European Cup) 6 and 13 times respectively. Real Madrid have won the competition more times than any other club by quite some margin and their previous triumph came against their fellow finalists in 2018. But both clubs have transformed since.
Is it now time for Liverpool to get their revenge?
Liverpool come into this game bitterly disappointed. Missing out on the Premier League title after pushing Manchester City all the way to the very last game in dramatic fashion. This has scarpered their chances of a historic quadruple, but they are one game away from triple cup success, after already bagging the League Cup and FA Cup.
Klopp’s Liverpool side are scarily good. They have played in every game possible this season, which is no mean feat. Within that time, they have won 46 games out of 62 in total and lost only 3! With an unbeatable spine running through their team and a lethal front three that has only been improved by the introduction of Luis Dias, they look unstoppable and will be favourites for European glory.
However, the outcome of the Premier may have dampened their spirits and a few injuries have begun to occur as the effects of such a long season come to fruition. Thiago, Fabinho, van Dijk and Gomez are all injury doubts, weakening their defensive strength against a capable Real Madrid attacking force. Although Liverpool are showing that they are possibly the world’s best, there is more than a glimmer of hope for Real fans.
Real Madrid are unlikely finalists. It has taken surprising and late comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City for them to reach the final. Their trusted and experienced players have led from the front, Modric picked up the tempo against PSG and Benzema has provided clinical and vital finishes to show that he is perhaps currently the best out-and-out striker in the world.
However, in the semi-final, younger players Camavinga, Rodrygo and Vinicious Jr. stepped up in the latter stages to prevent Manchester City from tasting European glory once again. Although Benzema leads from the front, there is hope that Real Madrid possess true quality within their ranks for future success.
And let’s not forget that in 2018 Real Madrid came out on top in the same fixture. As Sergio Ramos’ clumsy tackle resulted in an early departure for an emotional Salah, Liverpool looked lost. Add numerous goalkeeper errors to the mix and Real Madrid comfortably added number 13 to their European title collection.
Since their last meeting in the final, both sides have gone on to win numerous titles. For Liverpool that was only the beginning, winning every title possible since, and beating Real Madrid this time may show a side that has now completed the cycle, a tour de force in the world of soccer. For Real Madrid, the message is clear, you can just never rule them out! They have all the tools needed to flip a game on its head and come out on top.
As neutrals and fans of the beautiful game all we can hope is an excellent spectacle, and as both teams play exciting and beautiful soccer, there is no reason why we should be left short changed.
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