Jurgen Klopp says Real Madrid will be more prepared than Liverpool

Sheila Mcguire
May 26, 2018

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side do not feel superior to Liverpool ahead of the Champions League final, where the Spaniards are targeting a remarkable third consecutive title and a record-extending 13th crown overall. 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.

None of Klopp's players have appeared in a Champions League final before. I am pretty sure in the second before the game Real Madrid will be more confident than we are but the game doesn't end in that second, it only starts.

Marc Mayo: If this game is to unfold as the "you score five, we score six" affair that seems nearly inevitable, Madrid will need every bit of firepower they possess out on the pitch.

"When you see Real Madrid play you say "wow they are really strong" but they never played us". We must play a great game to win it.

Aminu Mai-unguwa Mohamed is such a staunch supporter of Liverpool's rivals Chelsea that he is known by his friends as Aminu Mai-unguwa Chelsea, yet he had this to say to the BBC about his support for Salah: "I have faith in Salah, his team will be successful in winning the cup".

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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.

While Zidane was a Champions League and World Cup victor as a player, Klopp's own playing career in his native Germany was modest.

Klopp, however, is concerned only with what Salah can win in Ukraine.

After a day of programming including a recap of the journey to the final, a look back at Liverpool's previous European victories, and a special edition of our preview show, live build-up from Kiev will get under way on the channel from 5.45pm BST.

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"I know exactly how I have to play", insisted Marcelo on Friday.

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

"I know how I lost the finals, it didn't change my life", said Klopp, a two-time Bundesliga champion with Dortmund.

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 don't think I have been bought to win the Champions League final". This club has in its DNA that we can really go for the big things.

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Egyptian worldwide Salah has arguably been the stand-out performer across Europe this season, leading a reshaped Liverpool front-line after the exit of Coutinho in January. I saw his team playing a lot of times and it is just fantastic football.

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