10 reason why Liverpool will beat R. Madrid in the Champions League final
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We now know that the 2017-18 Champions League final will be between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Liverpool are in the final after a thrilling 7-6 aggregate win over Roma in the final four. It’s the first time Liverpool have reached the final in 11 years.
Will the miracle of Istanbul be repeated in Kiev on May 26?
For that to happen, Zinedine Zidane will have to lose his first knockout tie in the Champions League as Real Madrid boss.
Real Madrid have won the competition 2 years on the bounce. And in 11 knockout ties in the Champions League, Zidane has won 11. So can Liverpool win the final?
Here are 10 reasons to back the Reds to finish the season as European champions.’
1. History is on Liverpool’s side vs Real Madrid
Who were the last team to beat Real Madrid in a European Cup final? Yes, you got it: it was Liverpool!
That happened back in 1981. Back then, Bob Paisley’s Liverpool beat Madrid 1-0 in Paris thanks to Alan Kennedy’s winner.
2. Mohamed Salah is an alien
Will Mo Salah win the Ballon d’Or this season? While Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League top scorer, Salah has been just as important for Liverpool this season.
Salah has 10 goals in the Champions League, and 43 goals for the Reds in all competitions. How can you bet against Salah leading Liverpool to Champions League glory to round off a perfect season?!
3. If Tottenham did it…
Real Madrid are definitely not invincible. They were never in the La Liga title race this year, while Real Madrid finished second in their Champions League group this season.
Indeed, Tottenham gave Los Blancos an almighty scare in the group phase after they beat Madrid 3-1 at Wembley. If Tottenham put three past Real Madrid, how many can Liverpool score?
4. Juventus beat Real Madrid too!
Real Madrid have ridden their luck in this year’s Champions League.Juventus came within a whisker of knocking out Madrid in an amazing quarterfinal tie. Juve won 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu; yet more evidence that Real Madrid’s defence and ageing squad isn’t all that this season.
5. Real Madrid got lucky against Bayern Munich
Bayern could easily have beaten Madrid. How did Marcelo get away with that handball?! The Bavarians totalled up far better stats than Real in their semifinal as Madrid’s weakness at the back were again exposed.
That said, credit to Madrid for beating Munich 4-3.
6. James Milner is an assist king
Most people focus on Liverpool’s amazing front three: Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
But James Milner has underlined the strength in Liverpool’s squad in the Champions League this season. Milner is the king of the Champions League assists: he’s set a new record with 9 assists in the 2017-18 competition.
7. Virgil Van Dijk has been immense
Criticisms of Liverpool’s defense have been greatly reduced since the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton in January. Liverpool’s 75m pound investment has been an excellent piece of business.
Indeed, Dejan Lovren has upped his performances since VVD’s arrival, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson have exceeded expectations in the full-back slots. Even Loris Karius has impressed in recent months.
8. The Jurgen Klopp factor
Is there anything more powerful in sport than heart and passion? Those qualities exude from every pour of Jurgen Klopp’s being. The German will surely have Liverpool buzzing for the final in Kiev, and this is his opportunity to show what a world class manager he truly is.
9. Liverpool & Sean Cox
Liverpool’s Champions League run this season hasn’t always been positive. Reds supporter Sean Cox was left fighting for his life after the Roma tie at Anfield. Liverpool celebrated their place in the final with a banner for their fan, revealing just how that tragic event has spurred on the club.
10. Liverpool’s goal-scoring stats
Can Real Madrid keep a clean sheet against Liverpool? You wouldn’t bank on it. Liverpool are the fastest team in Champions League history to score 40 goals in a single campaign. They’ve done that in just 12 matches.
Yes, Ronaldo may be the CL’s top scorer. But with Mane, Salah and Firmino, Liverpool can field three of the four top scorers in the competition.
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