All eyes on Salah and Ronaldo ahead of Champions League final

Cristina Cross
May 26, 2018

A corner flag is pictured, showing the final venue during a Liverpool team training session at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 25, 2018, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Liverpool are seeking a sixth European title but none of Klopp's squad has played in a Champions League final.

Expect the same frantic, high pressure start we've seen from Liverpool for much of the season with their front three closing down the Madrid defence high up the pitch and trying to force them into making mistakes.

"We have had now two weeks to prepare that game and everything is clear". But this is a big club, and you see it everywhere: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City.

Speaking about the difficulties he faced in selecting his team, Zidane said yesterday: 'Yes, of course (it's the hardest part).

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Madrid, record-setting 12-time winners, has appeared in the final four of the past five years.

Liverpool's return among the European elite is largely attributed to Klopp's impact as manager.

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.

Liverpool, meanwhile, knocked out AS Roma in the semifinals to reach its first final since 2007, when they lost 2-1 to AC Milan in Athens, Greece.

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

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FFT hasn't even finished our question about Zinedine Zidane's standing in the pantheon of Real Madrid's all-time greats when Christian Karembeu interjects.

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

But it's a final, it's one game and anything can happen", Pons explained.

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).

"It hurt that night, but you can use that as motivation going forward and we've done that since that night". After last weekend's drab FA Cup final, this is a game to genuinely get excited about as two of Europe's most decorated and attack-minded teams go head-to-head for the biggest prize in club football. Because we have the games we had in the Champions League, the most exceptional run to the final, the most goals, I can not believe that it is true... but it's us.

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"But very often in these games when it starts the nerves get the better of you and you start off not wanting to make mistakes".

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