Liverpool vs. Real Madrid live stream: Champions League final, TV channel, how to watch online, odds
Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream: How to watch Champions League final live for FREE on TV and online
Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream: How to watch Champions League final online and on TV
A journey which began way back in September comes to a close this Saturday when the UEFA Champions League final kicks off in in Paris as Liverpool face Real Madrid. Thirty-two teams battled through the group stage and through a wild knockout stage, but just two teams remain with the coveted silverware on the line. After 124 matches played, 379 goals, and countless memorable moments, fans around the world now get a rematch from the 2018 final with two storied clubs going at it once again. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET at the Stade de France, and we'll be with you before, during and after for all the Champions League final coverage you need.
Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
Liverpool and Real Madrid lock horns in the Champions League final once again tonight.
Forty-one years on from their inaugural battle in the beautiful city of Paris, Liverpool and Real Madrid reconvene just north of the French capital in Saint-Denis for the 2021-22 Champions League final on Saturday.
The Reds have a seventh title in Europe's primary competition in their sights this weekend, while continental veterans Los Blancos are aiming to get their hands on the trophy for a record-extending 14th time.
Inter Milan, Benfica and Villarreal have been sent packing by Jurgen Klopp's side en route to the Stade de France, while Carlo Ancelotti's men have dumped out a trio of heavyweights in Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side missed out on the title on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season, but Liverpool have already lifted the Carabao Cup and FA Cup this season and are looking to make it a hat-trick of silverware.
Liverpool will be desperate to avenge their defeat against Madrid in the 2018 final, when Mohamed Salah was forced off with injury before Gareth Bale scored a spectacular bicycle kick, but they may have to make do without Thiago Alcantara who picked up an Achilles problem last weekend.
Real Madrid have produced mesmerising comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City to reach the final, owing largely to the brilliance of Karim Benzema, and have been able to focus all their concentration on Saturday night after wrapping up the La Liga title over three weeks ago.
It is four years since their last clash on this grandest stage in Kiev, when Los Blancos claimed their third successive title on a dramatic night.
EFL Cup? Check. FA Cup? Check. Premier League? Close but no cigar. It would not have been a final weekend in the English top flight without some twists here and some turns there, but the Anfield faithful must now rethink their plans for a quadruple trophy parade.
While Man City were busy being rocked to the core by Aston Villa and Steven Gerrard - hoping to help his former club achieve something that he never did during his days in the red jersey - a plucky Wolverhampton Wanderers side would frustrate Klopp's side and their disgruntled supporters.
The double cup winners ultimately did what they needed to do with a 3-1 success, but the Citizens' astounding turnaround against Villa ensured that the Premier League crown would remain in the grip of Pep Guardiola and leave Liverpool to rue what could have been.
Ending such a promising campaign with only two cups in the cabinet would not prove to satiate the travelling Liverpool party, and they were forced to navigate a scare against European specialist Unai Emery and his giant-killing Villarreal side in the semi-finals, but no white flags were waved at La Ceramica.
Saturday's encounter will mark the 10th time that Liverpool have appeared in the final of the European Cup/Champions League, and some may argue that they have enjoyed a relatively favourable run to the showpiece event, but as Klopp will surely stress, there are no easy fixtures in this competition.
While Inter Milan did shut out the Reds in a 1-0 Anfield win that ended up proving inconsequential, Liverpool have scored at least twice in the rest of their Champions League fixtures this term - no mean feat amid the unforgiving schedule that Klopp always has plenty to say about.
Furthermore, that loss to the Nerazzurri represents the Reds' last defeat in any competition, with Klopp going on to oversee an 18-game unbeaten run in all tournaments since that defeat on March 8, including 10 wins from their last 11.
Numerous members of the current Liverpool crop collected runners-up medals in 2018 after that fateful night in Kyiv against Real Madrid, and revenge is firmly on the agenda for some of them - none more so than Mohamed Salah following his injury and tearful substitution.
Klopp has affirmed that the need for vengeance is not playing heavily on his mind, but a 33% win percentage against Real Madrid represents the German's worst against a single opponent, and ending that hoodoo on Saturday would certainly help make up for the quadruple dream failing to turn into a reality. His opposite number, however, knows how to win a Champions League.
Overturning a two-goal deficit against serial Champions League underachievers PSG is one thing. Dumping out the reigning champions after going 3-0 down at the Santiago Bernabeu is another. Overcoming Manchester City after letting in four goals at the Etihad Stadium? Carlo Ancelotti, take a bow.
Possessing a striker as lethal as Karim Benzema and a winger fulfilling his bags of potential in Vinicius Junior has propelled Los Blancos to the unlikeliest of comebacks in this season's tournament, but the contributions of another Brazilian starlet cannot be forgotten either.
Seemingly down and out after 90 minutes against Man City, who moved into a 5-3 aggregate lead in the semi-finals thanks to Riyad Mahrez's smart finish, Rodrygo netted twice in the space of two minutes to force extra time and leave the home supporters who exited early with egg on their faces.
Fans' attempts to return to their seats for the extra-time period proved fruitless, but Real's efforts to reach the final did not, as record-breaker Benzema's penalty - not a Panenka one this time - ensured that the Spanish champions would board the plane to France and keep their continental campaign going right to the final whistle.
Understandably taking their foot off the gas slightly in La Liga having wrapped up the title with weeks to spare, Real only managed to win one of their final four top-flight fixtures in 2021-22, and their matchday 38 ended in a dull goalless stalemate with Real Betis in the capital.
One should certainly not take Real's recent results at face value, with Ancelotti not afraid to rest and rotate his resources ahead of Saturday's final, in which the most successful team in European history will aim to lift the trophy for a 14th time and end a four-year drought in the competition.
Los Blancos have suffered plenty of scares along the way, but their European pedigree is not up for debate, especially seeing as they have won each of their last seven European Cup/Champions League finals since going down 1-0 to Liverpool in 1981 - potentially a good omen for those in red.
Ancelotti will also be wary of the fact that his side have failed to keep a single clean sheet in this season's Champions League knockout stages - albeit while scoring 14 of their own in their last five continental matches - and the wily Italian will aim to complete his own quadruple against Liverpool in Saint-Denis.
Indeed, the Real boss would become the most successful manager in Champions League history with a fourth success in the tournament - leaving Zinedine Zidane and Bob Paisley in his wake - but Klopp travels to the Stade de France fully intent on taking a leaf out of the latter's book.
Loris Karius, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale all played big roles in that final, although the landscape has changed plenty since then. Barring an unexpected turnaround in Bale’s fortunes, none of those players will feature in Paris this evening.
Mo Salah, however, very much will. The Liverpool star has spoken often and loudly about his desire to enact revenge on Madrid after his final in Kiev was ended early following a clash with Ramos. Whether or not he will be able to is up for debate.
Liverpool might be one of Europe’s leading sides and, for many, head into the final as favourites but Madrid’s route to Paris has been perhaps the most dramatic in the competition’s recent history.
Largely outplayed by Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City, the 13-time European champions have lived up to their billing as kings of the continent in a series of stirring comebacks.
Two of the most successful sides in Champions League history, it’s going to be quite the final.
Here's our storylines for thefinal, how you can watch the match and more:
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
Liverpool: Mohamed Salah said it best back on May 4, taking to Twitter after beating Villarreal in the semifinals. "We have a score to settle," he wrote in a tweet. Make no mistake -- Liverpool want revenge. After that 2018 final, they want nothing more than to see Real Madrid on their knees in tears come the final whistle. As you may recall, that was the match where Sergio Ramos went all "Macho Man" Randy Savage on Salah, dislocating his shoulder, ending his appearance in the final and nearly putting his World Cup participation at risk. In addition, Loris Karius had himself a nightmare performance in goal. Not only did he gift the first goal to Karim Benzema, he conceded on a bicycle kick to Gareth Bale and then had a blunder on a late shot by the Welsh attacker from a good 35 yards out. Since then, Liverpool have achieved European glory by beating Tottenham in the 2019 final, so the Reds know how special the feeling is. Doing it against this Real Madrid team may feel even better.
Real Madrid: Not many saw this Real team making it this far. Remember, they lost at home to tiny Sheriff Tiraspol in the group stage. But since then, they have been on an absolute tear with the most in-form player in the world in Karim Benzema. They pulled off a comeback against PSG in the round of 16, they did it again against Chelsea in the quarterfinals, and then they had the Madrid miracle against Manchester City -- two goals after the 90th minute from Rodrygo to force extra time before Benzema's winning penalty kick. They'll enter this match with ultimate confidence, but they also won't panic if they go down early. They've shown time and time again that they are never out if it, and they are the true kings of the history of this competition. Liverpool may have the better players overall, but don't discount a Carlo Ancelotti-led side. He's 3-1 all-time in UCL finals.
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.
Having started to string together a consistent run of matches and improve his fitness levels, the luckless Thiago Alcantara headed straight down the tunnel before the end of the first half against Wolves after sustaining an Achilles injury.
Klopp was initially pessimistic about his chances of featuring in the final, but the Reds boss has since changed his tune, and there is renewed hope over Thiago's availability for the contest - whether he can play the full 90 or 120 minutes is another question entirely.
On another bright note, Fabinho's hamstring injury is expected to let up in time after he returned to team training on Wednesday, while Joe Gomez should also be a part of the squad after bouncing back quickly from an ankle knock.
Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah were both fit enough for places on the bench last weekend after their FA Cup final knocks and will expect to return to the first XI here, with the latter bagging the Reds' second to share the Golden Boot with Son Heung-min.
Diogo Jota is sure to make way for Salah, while Ibrahima Konate was largely at fault for Wolves' quickfire opener at the weekend, but the Champions League regular will aim to hold his spot over Joel Matip for the final.
However, cult hero Divock Origi has played his last game for the club after sustaining a muscular problem in training, meaning that there will be no farewell 2019 moment for the celebrated Belgian ahead of an anticipated free transfer to AC Milan.
In stark contrast, Real boss Ancelotti will hope to have everyone fit and available for his side's 17th European Cup/Champions League final, with David Alaba making his return to training in midweek following an adductor issue.
Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho but Klopp said in his pre-match press conference that both players are “ready” to go. Divock Origi has been ruled out.
Real Madrid are expected to have David Alaba back from injury, with Carlo Ancelotti claiming to have a full squad available.
Alaba was absent from the squad to face Betis but should take his rightful place in the first XI here barring any setbacks - demoting Nacho Fernandez down to the bench in the process.
Champions League veteran Marcelo has also shaken off fitness woes to make himself available but will once again play second fiddle to Ferland Mendy, while Eder Militao will expect to hold his spot despite calls for the Brazilian to be dropped.
As impressive as Eduardo Camavinga has been off the bench during Real's run to the final, the 19-year-old would only edge out Casemiro, Toni Kroos or Luka Modric should one member of the midfield trio pick up an injury before Saturday.
The Liverpool high line is made for the likes of Vinicius and Rodrygo to run in behind, but the latter's incredible impact as a substitute may tempt Ancelotti into continuing with Federico Valverde slightly further forward.
Another hat-trick for Benzema in the showpiece event would see him break the record for the most Champions League goals in a single campaign - currently held by Cristiano Ronaldo's 17 in 2013-14 - while he only needs to make the net ripple once to becoem the outright third-highest goalscorer in the competition as he sits level with Robert Lewandowski on 86.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Mane, Diaz
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
The Reds win their seventh UCL crown, getting revenge for the 2018 final, this time with a competent display in goal and Salah scoring the winner on a penalty kick. Pick: Liverpool 2, Real Madrid 1
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