Champions League final LIVE: Liverpool vs Real Madrid preparation, TV news, team news and more tonight

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Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final at France’s Satde in Paris.

It’s a final covered in “great irony”, with Jurgen Klopp’s side able to secure a famous treble of cups and seventh heaven for the Reds in terms of European Cups. While Los Blancos can add a 14th European crown. This is, of course, a repeat of the 2018 final in Kyiv, where Sadio Mane canceled out Karim Benzema’s opener, which came from a Loris Karius howler. A famous Gareth Bale brace, including a spectacular bicycle kick to give the Spaniards the lead, soon followed to secure glory. Redemption for Jurgen Klopp’s side came just 12 months later with victory over Tottenham in Madrid, while tonight offers a chance for revenge, especially for Mohamed Salah, who picked up an injury so early against Madrid Four years ago. When pushed on the subject of revenge, Klopp played down its impact: “I don’t believe in revenge and I don’t think revenge is a fantastic idea. I understand what Mo is saying. He wants to make things right, but in Germany they say you always meet twice in life.

After beating Paris Saint-Germain, 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 CV. The former AC Milan and Chelsea boss fondly remembers the battles with the Reds, including the devastating defeat in Istanbul in 2007: “In my Champions League career, we 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 grew during my time at Everton. Now we will face each other again. They have a great team, they are difficult to face. They play at a very high level, with a lot of physicality, but it’s a pleasure to play against them in the final. Follow the build-up, live team news, goal and score updates, analysis and reaction from Paris:

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2022 Champions League final: Thiago and Fabinho back?

Liverpool midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho could be fit for tonight’s Champions League final against Real Madrid at the Stade de France.

The duo were named in the squad which flew to Paris on Friday and will be key players for the Reds if they make the squad.

Thiago was a major doubt after suffering an Achilles injury in the 3-1 Premier League win over Wolves last Sunday and Fabinho, who had a thigh problem, has not played since May 10.

If both are fully fit, expect them to start alongside Jordan Henderson in Liverpool midfield.

Michael JonesMay 28, 2022 3:15 p.m.

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Jurgen Klopp worried about new ground for Champions League final

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has questioned the wisdom of dropping a new pitch at the Stade de France two days before the Champions League final after expressing concerns about the quality of the surface.

The Reds face Real Madrid in a rematch of their 2018 encounter at the National Stadium in Paris after the showpiece was moved there from St Petersburg in late February, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine .

Klopp was talking on the ground just before his players trained on the newly laid grass, but his first impressions weren’t positive.

“Usually when I say the pitch looks new, that’s good news. This pitch is new since yesterday, which is not the best news, but it will be the same for both teams. he said in his pre-match press conference.

Michael JonesMay 28, 2022 3:10 p.m.

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Champions League final odds: first goalscorer

  • Mohamed Salah 4/1
  • Karim Benzema 9/2
  • Diogo Jota 5/1
  • Sadio Mane 5/1
  • Takumi Minamino 11/2
  • Roberto Firmino 6/1
  • Mariano 13/2
  • Luis Diaz 7/1
  • Luka Jovic 15/2
  • Gareth Bale 15/2
  • Vinicius Junior 8/1
  • Eden Hazard 10/1
  • Marco Asensio 10/1
  • Rodrygo11/1
  • Harvey Elliott11/1
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 11/1
  • Curtis Jones11/1
  • Naby Keita 12/1
  • No goalscorer 12/1

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Jack RathbornMay 28, 2022 3:05 p.m.

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Champions League final 2022: Liverpool vs Real Madrid odds

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Jack RathbornMay 28, 2022 3:00 p.m.

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Liverpool will play for the Ukrainians in the Champions League final, according to Klopp

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has dedicated Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris to the people of Ukraine, expressing his support for the country against the Russian invasion.

The match, a rematch of the 2018 final, was scheduled for the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, but was moved to the Stade de France after its neighbor Russia invaded on February 24.

“I’m happy the game is here for a thousand reasons,” Klopp told reporters. The war continues and we must think about it.

The German said moving the final to Paris was “exactly the right message that Russia should be getting”.

Moscow calls the war a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine. Kyiv and the West call it an unprovoked war of aggression.

“We are playing this final for all Ukrainians. I’m sure some people in Ukraine can still watch it and we are doing it for you, 100 per cent,” Klopp said.

Liverpool will be hoping to claim a third trophy this season after lifting the League Cup and FA Cup, while Real are looking to add to their La Liga triumph and clinch a record 14th Champions League crown.

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Jack RathbornMay 28, 2022 2:50 p.m.

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Champions League final: Jurgen Klopp expresses his concern on the Stade de France pitch

“Usually when I say the pitch looks new, that’s good news. This pitch is new since yesterday, which is not the best news, but it will be the same for both teams. he said in his pre-match press conference.

“I saw the referees with their session and the good news is that the ball drops normally.

“You can see the lines where they put the pieces of the pitch (together), which we’re not used to.

“That someone thought it was a good idea to bring the pitch the day before to the stadium is an interesting idea.

“But it didn’t kill my mood by one percent. I’m really happy that we are here, I would have played the game of pétanque.

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Jack RathbornMay 28, 2022 2:40 p.m.

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Battle between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Vinicius Junior set to decide Champions League final

That Liverpool are a better team than Real Madrid is a pretty indisputable point ahead of this year’s Champions League final. The consensus is that they will have the advantage in many one-on-one clashes on the Stade de France pitch. There is no easy way to stop Jurgen Klopp’s side from playing their game. There is, however, an obvious way to fight them back.

And in Paris, they will come up against the opponents responsible for their last Champions League outing in April last year. Liverpool were short of one of their first-choice centre-backs at the time, due to the series of freak injuries that made last season Klopp’s most difficult in six-and-a-half years at Anfield. Their quarter-final exit in Madrid was not particularly surprising given these wider struggles.

However, no player has done more to bring about this exit than Vinicius Junior. Repeatedly finding space behind Trent Alexander-Arnold on the Liverpool right, he scored twice in Madrid’s 3-1 first leg win and had chances to settle the tie once for all in the goalless draw at Anfield. It’s easy to read too much in these games. It was a different Liverpool. Yet it was also a different Vinicius.

Jack RathbornMay 28, 2022 2:30 p.m.

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2022 Champions League final: Real Madrid fans enjoy the Parisian atmosphere

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Jack RathbornMay 28, 2022 2:25 p.m.

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‘The game of the season’: Weight of history adds to Champions League final shaping up to be a modern classic

Although the Liverpool players tried to treat this like any of the many great games they played, it only took one step on the Stade de France pitch to change that. It’s the club’s third Champions League final in five years, but there’s still that extra electric charge in the air.

“It’s the occasion, it speaks in a press conference here,” said Trent Alexander-Arnold. “There are different things you do around the game. It’s the special game, the one that everyone wants to play.

“His the game of the season. »

The hope is that it will also be the game of the season in terms of spectacle. It’s one thing the Champions League hasn’t really served amid all of its drama, and you probably have to go back to 2005 for the last really big showpiece, but there are little pieces that come together that could create a classic.

Jack RathbornMay 28, 2022 2:20 p.m.

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Eric Dier on F1, the Champions League final and Tottenham’s future

“I got into it a few years ago after Drive to Survive, like a lot of people, says the Tottenham defender, who is in Monte-Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix.

“They have a special thing in the Champions League, their history helps them a lot, an incredible journey to get to the final. I’m sure it will be a great game, may the best team win.

“Playing in the Champions League again will be fantastic, it’s the best competition in the world. The Premier League will get stronger, as always.

Jack RathbornMay 28, 2022 2:10 p.m.

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