Three key Champions League final duels

Zidane was a Champions League and World Cup winner as a player

The contrast in experience between the sides couldn't be greater as Liverpool return to the final after an 11-year wait with no player in their squad who has previously played in a Champions League final.

To do so Liverpool must end Real's reign as European champions as the Spanish giants go for a 13th European crown in Kiev. Playing against Real Madrid the team who have been champions for the past two years running and who are used to these kinds of big games could be a handicap but they might see themselves as favourites while we will just be going out to play our game.

Liverpool have caught out better teams than Madrid with their high pressure blitz this season but they do tend to run out of steam given the physically demanding nature of that approach and that's where Madrid can really punish them.

"I am very happy with my work, my teammates too, the coach, the club, my country", Brazil global Marcelo said.

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.

Ronaldo, a four-time Champions League victor, leads this year's tournament with 15 goals.

Nevertheless, Mohamed Salah has the support of most of Africa, as he is seen as a beacon of hope, and a shining example to young people across the continent. By beating them we got some confidence and trust between us to achieve something Madrid had been expecting for 32 years.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool were nowhere near the conversation for the final at the beginning of the campaign and their progress to the last 16 didn't suggest that was likely to change.

"Unfortunately, I have to accept that he is as brilliant as he was as a player".

Meanwhile, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane tempered expectations.

"If you want to compete with them, you have to win nearly all of your games".

Liverpool are wonderful to watch, score goals against anyone and have an X Factor all winning teams need, yet I know from personal experience that you can never predict what might happen in a final.

With a shaky defence, a manager struggling to settle on one of two unreliable goalkeepers and then losing the man considered to be their most creative player to Barcelona as Philippe Coutinho moved on, few gave the Reds much of chance of being involved past the quarter-finals.

"I still don't think we have realised the scale of what we are doing, but when all this is over we will".

My career became more hard after 1998... because we won the Champions League, and everybody wanted to be there after that.

"We know, of course, about the insane quality, the experience, " he said.

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