Liverpool aim to end Real reign in Champions League final

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Real Madrid's greater experience will give them confidence to win a third straight Champions League title but that will count for nothing in the final, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday (Saturday NZ time).

The European soccer season comes to a close on Saturday, as Real Madrid and Liverpool meet in the Champions League final in Kiev.

Asked if he believed Liverpool could overcome Real Madrid to win their sixth Champions League title, Toshack replied: "My heart tells me Liverpool but my head says Madrid".

Two thumping wins over minnows Maribor set them on the path to qualification but defensive issues came to the fore when they threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla away and it wasn't until the final group game that they secured their progress to the knock-out phase.

"I didn't want to take the pressure off them or whatever, I only think we are a club and a team next year that could, not will, but could be here again far in the competition". Knowing Liverpool as a club, the people I had spoken to about Liverpool also, I knew Liverpool belongs to the Champions League.

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Liverpool's three-man strike force of Egyptian Mohamed Salah, Brazilian Roberto Firmino, and Senegalese Sadio Mane, have picked up 29 of their goals in the tournament. "He's shown that this year and he's got a great chance to show that over the next few years as Ronaldo and Messi have done, but the day after tomorrow!"

"If we win the competition then the road to Kiev plus the final would be one of the most exceptional rides ever", Klopp told Liverpool's website.

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"I have been brought to hopefully get the best out of myself and the team, with the help of everyone else".

"Do all the things you want in a football game because it is only a football game, a big one for sure, but only a football game".

"I don't think I have been bought to win the Champions League final".

Another die-hard African Real Madrid fan had this to say to the BBC on the match: "Christiano Ronaldo will never go off a field empty-handed".

"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".

"Through experience we know how hard it is going to be, but experience gives more security and serenity as well".

For once in a Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo will yield some of the spotlight to another player sweeping up adulation and personal acclaim.

The comment was picked up by many in the Spanish media, with Marca saying the German coach had pinpointed the Los Blancos left-back as his team's weakness, a particularly big issue given Marcelo's direct opponent in the final will be Liverpool's main dangerman Mohamed Salah.

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