Spirit of Liverpool can stop Real’s record run, says Klopp

Saturday, 26 May, 2018

"Some people have said that a lot of Liverpool's lads are inexperienced in terms of Champions League finals, while Real Madrid have been there and done it", Murphy told talkSPORT.

Xabi Alonso is another to have pulled on both the red of Liverpool and white of Real - winning the Champions League during his time with both clubs too - but he could not decide who he wanted to win.

Zidane's side have beaten Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern - this season's French, Italian and German champions - in the knockout rounds, but Klopp still believes his team can upset the odds at the Olympic Stadium.

"We are Liverpool and we are not just a good team, this club has in its DNA that we can really go for the big things".

Klopp, who is in his second Champions League final after losing with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich in 2013, said he had his strongest substitutes' bench for some time. The games we had in the Champions League, it was the most exceptional run to a final, with the most goals.

Ronaldo leads the Champions League goalscorers charts for the sixth consecutive season with 15, but will come up against the world's most expensive defender in £75 million ($100 million) Dutchman Virgil van Dijk in Kiev.

Egypt Independent reported that Sawiris expressed disagreement with calls for Salah to break his fast on the Liverpool-Real Madrid match day. "We need to play very well to win the game and inside the dressing room we know we are not favourites".

"As always in a final it is 50-50".

Where: NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kiev, Ukraine.

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson said Friday he had been forced to abandon an attempt to find planes to fly in hundreds of the club's fans stranded after he was unable to find crew for back-up planes.

But some Liverpool supporters had made the journey, even without a ticket.

"Religion is private, that is how I understand it, so nothing to say about that", he stated. "I feel more for the younger ones that can't get in".

"I'm going to go with my heart because I obviously want Liverpool to win".

However, the Madrid vice-captain, now in his 11th year at the Bernabeu, makes up for his defensive liabilities by bombing forward at every opportunity to wreak havoc at the other end.