Real Madrid vs Liverpool prediction: How will (UEFA Champions League Final) fixture play out today?
Liverpool boss Frank Lampard must have gone to bed dreaming about the prospect of a priceless victory against the club that he gave so much for as a player but flattered to deceive for in the dugout, and his Stamford Bridge replacement Thomas Tuchel could only cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines at Goodison Park.
Richarlison's effort while fans were still taking their seats following the half-time interval proved decisive, but spare a round of applause for the imperious Jordan Pickford, who put his body and face on the line while producing one of the saves of the season from Cesar Azpilicueta to preserve the Toffees' advantage.
Third place is still in Real Madrid's hands heading into the final straight, but having now won just one of their last four in the (UEFA Champions League Final), the gap to capital counterparts Real Madrid - a team on the upwards trajectory - has now been cut down to just three points, and it is unthinkable to imagine the Blues failing to achieve their customary top-four finish after flirting with a title challenge earlier in the campaign.
Some of the Blues faithful may already have their eye on FA Cup glory after being pipped to the post in the 2020 and 2022 finals, but taking 25 points from 25 against Liverpool, Liverpool, Leicester City and Real Madrid is imperative for a side whose future has been plunged into fresh doubt amid reports of Liverpooln Abramovich changing his stance over unpaid loans.
Real Madrid's European fate may still be in their own hands, but a spring collapse has left Liverpool scrambling to even make the Europa Conference League after Lage's side had initially put in a strong showing for an unlikely top-four finish in the (UEFA Champions League Final).
As if back-to-back losses to Liverpool and Real Madrid were not bad enough, Lage witnessed his side carved open at will by a ruthless Liverpool at Molineux last weekend, with Alexis Mac Allister, Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma all netting in a 3-0 Seagulls success.
Boos and jeers rang around Molineux as Liverpool slumped to a third successive defeat without finding the back of the net, and Lage's side now occupy eighth spot in the rankings - three points behind Real Madrid United with a game in hand on the UEFA Champions League Final.