UEFA Champions League Final 2022, Liverpool vs Real Madrid: When and where to watch
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid: Live 2022 UEFA Champions League final updates as Salah and Benzema duel for title
How to watch and odds
Date: Saturday, May 28 | Time: 3 p.m. ET | TV and live stream: CBS and Paramount+
Location: Stade de France in Paris, France
Studio coverage: Kate Abdo, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards
Commentators: Clive Tyldesley and Rob Green
On-site reporters: Peter Schmeichel, Jules Breach, Jenny Chiu and Guillem Balagué
Rules expert: Christina Unkel
Odds: Liverpool +105; Draw +270; Real Madrid +240 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Champions League Final 2022, Liverpool vs Real Madrid Live Streaming: For a player who doesn’t consider himself to be a striker, Mohamed Salah is the envy of many forwards with his scoring record for Liverpool. “I don’t play No. 9, I play on the wing,” Salah said. “It’s completely different when you play as a winger.” And yet the Egyptian enters the Champions League final on Saturday with 31 goals in 50 games for this season and as the leading forward in English football.
The UEFA Champions League final is just hours away as Real Madrid face Liverpool at 3 p.m. ET at the Stade de France. You can watch the match live on CBS and Paramount+. Los Blancos will go for their 14th European crown, while Liverpool go for their seventh. The two teams met in the 1981 final, with the Reds coming out victorious, while it was Real who beat Liverpool in the 2018 final. Much has changed since the last time they met. Ahead of kickoff, we ranked the top 30 players in the final.
With his inclusion in the lineup, Henderson will now become only the fourth English player to reach that milestone for the reds. He joins Jamie Carragher (80), Steven Gerrard (73), and Phil Neal (57) as the English players to earn this honor. Liverpool's captain will be eyeing another trophy to make the day even more special.
Officiating this match will be Frenchman Clement Turpin. It's an all-French officiating crew with Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore as assistant referees, Benoit Bastien as fourth official and Jerome Brisard as VAR.
This season Turpin has officiated six Champions League matches and has awarded four red cards.
He did the 3-1 win for Real Madrid at Chelsea in the quarterfinal first leg, and in nine of his last 13 games, he's given just one yellow card.
And while he's given four reds in six UCL games, he awarded just three in 18 Ligue 1 matches.
While the Reds didn't follow suit in releasing an early lineup like Real Madrid, there aren't any surprises from Jurgen Klopp. Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, and Thiago return to the starting lineup after recovering from their respective injuries. It will be interesting to monitor Fabinho's fitness especially but Klopp is putting his best team forward for the biggest moment of the year.
Lineup: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Diaz, Salah, Mane
Real Madrid have found themselves in a tough spot in every round of the knockout stage. They looked out against PSG, yet they came from behind and advanced. They blew a lead against Chelsea and managed to rally again. And then we all saw that shocking comeback against Manchester City, scoring twice via Rodrygo in added time to force extra time in the semifinal second leg. According to Real Madrid fullback Marcelo, that calmness comes from the boss, Carlo Ancelotti.
"I have known the boss for I don't know how many years now," Marcelo said, "eight years. I've been lucky enough to be coached by him.
"He understands the game very well, he knows how to manage the dressing room. It's normal that we all want to play. This season, from my point of view, we have hardly had any problems in that regard. That's down to the coach. He keeps us calm, he tells the truth. We all want to be important and we are all important.
"The good dynamics of the team is due to the coaching staff, we train very well and we know that they make decisions," said Madrid's number one.
Looks like Real Madrid have shifted from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 as Benzema and Vinicius Jr. are the only attackers in the XI. Valverde starts, and signs point to four across the midfield, though it will be curious to see if it is as a diamond or just a baseline of four. It will be telling early on as to how Los Blancos are approaching this match.
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Ahead of kickoff, there have been rumors linking Liverpool's star winger with a move to Bayern Munich. Manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the rumors the day before the match.
"Sadio is in the shape of his life -- he's in brilliant shape, a joy to watch him in training and in the game," Klopp said. "Football has asked him a lot this year, a long season with a lot of games but one of the most successful for him and for us.
"The Bayern rumors I couldn't care less at the moment -- we are completely focused on this game he knows how important it is to him and to us. It's not the first time in my career that Bayern rumors are coming up before big games. No problems at all, though."
Our staff ranked the top 30 players in this match, and No. 1 was pretty easy. You can read the entire story here, but here's how we ranked the top three:
After coming back from an ACL injury in his right knee that forced him to miss the entire 2020-21 season, he's now fully back at the center of the Liverpool's defense and he will have the most difficult task of the night to contain Karim Benzema. This is probably the most important duel on the pitch and will likely determine the final result. -- Francesco Porzio
Even amid his recent struggles for form, Salah's class shines through and he ended the 2021-22 Premier League season as the winner of the scoring and assisting titles. Having shaken off a minor injury from the FA Cup final, expect to see the Egyptian burst out of the blocks in a bid to get revenge for the injury and defeat that Madrid inflicted on him four years ago. -- James Benge
Three goals and an assist across two thrilling semifinal legs against Manchester City further underlined the French superstar's Ballon d'Or credentials. The 34-year-old now stands to seal what could be his fifth Champions League crown with Los Blancos -- a truly incredible feat made all the more impressive by his tournament-leading overall tally of 15 goals with two more assists. Benzema has dragged this Real side, single handedly at times, to be on the cusp of what would be their 14th competition success. Not to mention that this one could be won in his homeland. -- Jonathan Johnson
It's hard to shake the sense that Madrid used up their nine lives getting this far and that Liverpool, who seem to be most at ease on the biggest occasions, will not crumble under the pressure as PSG and Manchester City did. I'm backing them to win rather comfortably, 3-1 to be precise.
The stage is set for an epic battle at the Stade de France as Liverpool and Real Madrid square off for the right to lift the grandest prize in European soccer - the Champions League trophy. The crew looks ahead to Saturday's game.
Liverpool: If Karim Benzema is quelled for the first time in this competition, one might make a case for Virgil van Dijk. But if recent form is anything to go on, then, providing he is fit, Thiago might just be the star who shines brightest in the Paris night. The Spaniard has been one of Europe's outstanding players this season and has delivered a string of Man of the Match displays when it has mattered most in the Champions League. Set against Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, this could be the game where Thiago proves he is the best of the best. -- James Benge
Real Madrid: Luka Modric. He has to be the creator in the middle, to quickly get the ball out wide to get the attack going, and he'll also be looking to zero in on the feet and head of Benzema. He may be 36, but he's still got it. Everything flows through him, and if Real are to win, he'll be a huge reason why. -- Roger Gonzalez
Liverpool fans received some positive news in the build-up to the final as midfielders Fabinho and Thiago both made the trip to France for the final. When asked about the status of the Brazilian defensive midfielder during Friday's prematch press conference, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp labeled him as "completely normal." Both players were able to train with the team and seem hopeful to start in the big final.
"Looks good for both," said the Liverpool manager. "Fabinho trained completely normal. Thiago trained yesterday with the team, will train today and then we go from there."
Thibaut Courtois and Alisson are two of the best in the business. What is probably going to separate these two is how reliable their defense is on the night. Liverpool's defense has been known to have its wobbles, but across the Champions League so far it has been Madrid's that has given up more goals, expected goals and almost twice as many shots on target. Not once in the knockout rounds has Courtois kept a clean sheet; against Europe's most formidable attack, you would expect that to continue. -- James Benge
Liverpool: He may be struggling to find the net of late and his record in finals for Liverpool is not as spectacular as in most other games (just the penalty in the win over Tottenham three years ago), but it would be a bold man indeed who doubted Mohamed Salah's ability to deliver. The Egyptian has finally been afforded the rest that he has got so infrequently in his side's recent run of games. Even in half an hour against Wolves, he looked like a reinvigorated force. Add to that the clear desire for avenge himself on Madrid for what happened in Kyiv four years ago and this may be a game where we see the best of Salah. -- James Benge
Real Madrid: It's definitely Karim Benzema. Before meeting in the quarterfinals last season, Benzema had four goals in three meetings with Liverpool. Fast forward to today and he's probably the best player in the world right now with an ability to score every single way possible. He's the reference point in attack and the main penalty-kick taker. Needing just a half a second to strike, he's surely the most likely and probably will end up finding the net in this one. -- Roger Gonzalez
Liverpool and Real Madrid fans were dealt blows last week in the form of the final day of the Premier League season and Kylian Mbappe choosing PSG, respectively. So which side is most desperate to lift with yet another European crown?
Liverpool: I've expanded on this further in my bold predictions column, but this certainly feels like a game where the winner of the battle between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Vinicius Junior could carry their team to victory. The latter is statistically the best chance creator in Europe and his lightning pace roasted the Liverpool right back last season. But Alexander-Arnold has improved defensively more than he gets credit for. If he can get into a position to fire crosses into the box, then Madrid are going to be seriously tested. -- James Benge
Liverpool: The biggest issues facing Liverpool right now are in the midfield. Fabinho has been dealing with a thigh injury but is expected to be fit for the game, but Thiago Alcantara is the latest to pick up a knock, coming of at the half against Wolves on Sunday with an Achilles injury. His status for the final remains unclear, but if he can't go, that's a huge missing piece for the team's creativity in overall possession. Without Thiago, the midfield would likely be Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Naby Keita.
Real Madrid: David Alaba is the only injury concern at the moment. A minor leg injury saw him rested for the La Liga champions' final match of the domestic season against Real Betis. He's expected to be available, with Ancelotti simply aiming to be cautious with the Austrian defender ahead of the biggest game of the season. Otherwise, Real appear well rested entering this showdown in Paris.