Liverpool vs. Real Madrid odds, how to watch, date, live stream: Top 2022 UEFA Champions League final picks
Liverpool vs Real Madrid LIVE: Champions League final build-up, TV channel info, team news and more tonight
The Uefa Champions League trophy on the eve of the 2022 final (AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final at the Satde de France in Paris.
It is a final covered in “great irony”, with Jurgen Klopp’s side able to secure a famous cup treble and seventh heaven for the Reds in terms of European Cups. While Los Blancos can add a 14th European crown. It is, of course, a repeat of the 2018 final in Kyiv, where Sadio Mane cancelled out Karim Benzema's opener, which came from a howler from Loris Karius. A famous double from Gareth Bale, including a spectacular bicycle kick to hand the Spaniards the lead, soon followed to secure glory. Redemption for Jurgen Klopp’s side came just 12 months later with victory against Tottenham in Madrid, while tonight offers a chance of revenge, specifically for Mohamed Salah, who was injured so early on against Madrid four years ago. When pushed on the theme of revenge, Klopp downplayed its impact: “I don’t believe in revenge or think revenge is a fantastic idea. I understand what Mo said. He wants to put it right, but in Germany we say you always meet twice in life.”
After defeating Paris Saint-German, Chelsea and Manchester City in thrilling circumstances, Carlo Ancelotti is back on the biggest stage, with the Italian able to add a fourth Champions League title to his resume. The former AC Milan and Chelsea boss fondly remembers battles with the Reds, including the devastating defeat in Istanbul in 2007: “In my career in the Champions League, we have faced each other many times. The first time was in 1984, the final in Rome. I didn’t play because I was injured. Then, in 2005 and 2007, and of course, the rivalry was accentuated during the period I worked at Everton. Now, we'll face each other again. They have a great squad, they’re difficult to go up against. They play at a very high level, with great physicality, but it’s a pleasure to play against them in the final.” Follow build-up, live team news, goal and score updates, analysis and reaction from Paris:
Real Madrid will look to get back in the win column as they welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge in the (UEFA Champions League Final) this afternoon.
Perhaps starting to glance nervously over their shoulder, Real Madrid return to home comforts at Stamford Bridge with the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers for Saturday's (UEFA Champions League Final) battle.
The Blues went down 1-0 to a relegation-threatened Liverpool last weekend, while Bruno Lage's side were humbled by Liverpool & Hove Albion in front of their own fans in a 3-0 loss.
The Blues suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Liverpool last weekend, a result that continued a mixed run of form for Thomas Tuchel’s team.
That form has Real Madrid at risk of missing out on third place in the league, while Liverpool have similarly been inconsistent but still have a shot at playing European football next season.
Bruno Lage’s side, who were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool last time out, enter the weekend in eighth place in the table, with a place in next season’s Europa Conference League still very much possible – and a spot in the Europa League unlikely but not unachievable.
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here has been one message that Florentino Perez has been especially keen to convey ahead of Real Madrid’s 17th Champions League final. That is to show Kylian Mbappe what he is missing.
The announcement of the French star’s signing ahead of a Paris final was intended to be a key part of the club’s build-up, fostering an even greater feeling that glory was inevitable. That was scuttled, and it has left the club scrambling – not least for a new signing.
Carlo Ancelotti is too much of a football man for such machinations, and too focused on his team, but he has told Perez it’s just one more setback to be overcome. That fits a theme, that the manager so pointedly asserted after the semi-final.
“I don’t think anybody – anybody – thought Madrid would play another Champions League final this season,” Ancelotti said, in a rare show of strong emotion. “And we’re there.”
Liverpool racked up 94 Premier League goals this year, which is the fourth-most in the 130-year existence of the club. Mohamed Salah led the EPL in scoring for the third time in his career, while Liverpool also scored multiple goals in 11 of its 12 UCL games.
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