LIVERPOOL are aiming to complete a historic cup treble as they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final tonight.
Real fought back in stunning fashion to beat Man City and advance to the final in their semi-final, having beaten Chelsea in the quarters.
Liverpool have had a somewhat easier run to the final, beating Inter Milan, Benfica and Villarreal en route to the Paris showpiece.
The Reds just missed out on the Premier League title and the chance to win a quadruple last weekend as Man City completed a miraculous comeback to beat Aston Villa in their final game.
Liverpool will be seeking revenge when they take on a Real side who beat them 3-1 in the 2018 final thanks to Gareth Bale’s spectacular brace.
However, Bale only makes the bench for Madrid tonight as he hopes for minutes in what will almost certainly be his last appearances for the club if he plays.
The Spaniards’ hero in the win over Man City, Rodrygo, is also benched as Carlo Ancelotti opts for the more cautious option of Federico Valverde.
What time does the Champions League final kick off?
- Liverpool’s massive clash with Real Madrid takes place TONIGHT.
- The match is scheduled to kick-off at 8pm UK time – 9pm in Paris.
- Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the initial location of Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg was stripped of hosting the final.
- That enabled the Stade de France in Paris to step in as the host stadium.
- This will also be the first time the Champions League final has been hosted in Paris since Barcelona defeated Arsenal in 2006.
- Extra-time and penalties will be played if the two teams cannot be separated after 90 minutes.
What TV channel is the Champions League final on and can I live stream it?
- Liverpool vs Real Madrid will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate and BT Sport’s YouTube channel for FREE.
- Coverage will commence from 6pm UK time – two hours before kick-off.
- Subscription members will have the option to stream the game live via the BT Sport website or app.
- You can also stream the game live on the YouTube app.
- TalkSport will have radio coverage of the match on their website, app and DAB radio.
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Thiago Alcantara went off with an unspecified injury against Wolves last week, but he has been included in the Liverpool squad and is in contention to start tonight.
Virgil Van Dijk missing out on the final day of the season altogether caused concern around the camp, but he will be in the Reds XI this evening.
And Fabinho’s ongoing hamstring troubles left the Reds boss pessimistic for the Champions League final, but he has also been passed fit.
Real Madrid XI
90 minutes only
- Liverpool – EVS
- Draw – 27/10
- Real Madrid – 13/5
To lift the trophy
- Liverpool to lift trophy – 8/15
- Real Madrid to lift trophy – 11/8
*Odds courtesy of Betfair correct at time of publication
On the Liverpool bench this evening
62 Kelleher, 7 Milner, 8 Keita, 9 Firmino, 12 Gomez, 16 Oxlade-Chamberlain, 17 Jones, 18 Minamino, 20 Jota, 21 Tsimikas, 67 Elliott
Fabinho and Thiago start for Liverpool
1 Alisson; 66 Alexander-Arnold, 5 Konate, 4 Van Dijk, 26 Robertson; 3 Fabinho, 14 Henderson, 6 Thiago; 11 Salah, 10 Mane, 23 Diaz
Reds even money for glory
Liverpool fans can double their money if their side get the job done inside 90 minutes this evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have been priced at evens by the good people at Betfair with Real Madrid and the draw both considered 27/10 shots.
- Liverpool win EVS
- Draw 27/10
- Real Madrid 27/10
However, for those of you who feel the game might go as far as extra-time or penalties, betting on the ‘to lift the trophy’ market may be the sensible option.
- Liverpool to win the Champions League 1/2
- Real Madrid to win the Champions League 6/4
Odds from Betfair correct at the time of post publication.
Former Liverpool goalie Chris Kirkland has thrown his weight behind the Reds.
The former England shotstopper shared a snap on Twitter decked out in the club’s colours.
He tweeted, “Nearly time come on @LFC” alongside the below snap.
Kirkland played at Anfield between 2001-2006, but his time at the club was blighted by injury.
Champions League winners
Between them, storied giants Real Madrid and Liverpool have won the European Cup/Champions League a stunning 19 times.
Of course, Los Blancos are the most successful with 13 – but Liverpool have six.
Win tonight and the Reds will draw level with AC Milan.
- Real Madrid – 13
- AC Milan – 7
- Liverpool – 6
- Bayern Munich – 6
- Barcelona – 5
- Ajax – 4
- Manchester United and Inter Milan – 3
- Benfica, Chelsea, Nottingham Forest and Porto – 2
That line-up is out early!
It’s worth noting that Real Madrid were forced into revealing their line-up early…. an amazing two hours before kick off!
They pulled the same trick against Manchester City, and it has its reasons.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti suspects a mole in the camp.
Isco is no longer invited to team meetings but the midfielder insists he is not the source of the leaks.
He said: “Isco is not [the mole], since I am not summoned and I have not attended the team talk.
“Send hate elsewhere! SAD.”
Real Madrid line-up
Confident Real Madrid have announced their line-up.
Karim Benzema leads the line, as expected, and will be supported in attack in Vinicius Jr, as expected.
Veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will be marshalling the midfield.
While David Alaba, who was dropped against Man City, is restored to the Los Blancos line-up.
Paris pitch concerns
Jurgen Klopp was left stunned after discovering the Stade de France has a new pitch.
The Liverpool boss was unimpressed when discovering the surface was only laid on Thursday after the venue staged a concert last Saturday.
Klopp said: “Usually when they say the pitch is new, it is good news. This pitch is new since yesterday which is not the best news for both teams.
“I have no idea how it will be. Maybe it is perfect but it does not look perfect.”
Fans in place
Liverpool fans are having the time of their lives after descending upon Paris ahead of this evening’s Champions League final.
Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Real Madrid at the Stade de France aiming to win their SEVENTH European Cup.
The Reds have been granted 20,000 tickets for tonight’s match, although thousands more are thought to be in Paris soaking up the atmosphere.
Thrilled Liverpool fans surrounded the Eiffel Tower alongside their Madrid counterparts this afternoon.
Relations appeared to be friendly between the two sets of fans, with some posing for pictures together.
Bars were also packed with happy punters, particularly around the Gare du Nord area served by the Eurostar.
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