Klopp hails Real Madrid; plots upset in UCL final

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg at the Stadio Olimpico Rome

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg at the Stadio Olimpico Rome

The Egypt worldwide has one more chance to catch Rush against Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday when Liverpool aim to win the European Cup for a sixth time.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher got caught up in the Champions League final fever in Kiev as he belted out the Mohamed Salah song with a bar full of Reds fans. "We are as fresh as we can be after these two weeks", he said.

Having become the first side to successfully defend the trophy since the inception of the Champions League last season, Real Madrid is bidding to become the first team to win the tournament three times in a row since Bayern Munich achieved the feat between 1974 and 1976. They've never been so calm and confident in the club before a final than now.

"Religion is private, that is how I understand it, so nothing to say about that", he stated.

Klopp's players are lucky to be at the club at a time when a team have gelled together wonderfully well and there is no reason why they can't now be crowned as champions of Europe.

He has come out in the media and suggested he is excited about the prospect of playing against one of the best players of all-time in this Champions League final and that is the right attitude to have.

Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah during training. "We will see in next years if Mo can go there".

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Curiously, Liverpool and Real Madrid have already met once in a European Cup final, with the Reds winning 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Alan Kennedy in 1981.

Don't fear the prospect of a Champions League final and instead look at it as a night when your career can be defined, the one game that can turn you into a hero forever more.

"I don't think I have been bought to win the Champions League final". Real Madrid is seeking a record-extending 13th European club title.

Both Liverpool and Real Madrid respect all religions and Salah will not be the only player in Kiev observing the Holy month of Ramadan which began on 17 May - Sadio Mané, Emre Can and Achraf Hakimi (Karim Benzema opts to postpone fasting during the month of Ramadan until the close season). As I said to my team-mates, "We all play in the same and competition and we need to be one".

Ronaldo is looking to join an esteemed group of 10 players to win five European Cups by scoring in his fourth separate final. "You hope to be in the final, like everyone else that starts this campaign, but to actually be in it is fantastic and hopefully it can be even better".

"We know, of course, about the insane quality, the experience, " he said. "Not only are we a really good football team, it's in the club's DNA to go for the big things".

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