Liverpool vs Real Madrid, team news, starting XI, UCL final match preview and more

Champions League final is upon us again Forty-one years from their first meeting in the Champions League in Paris, Liverpool and Real Madrid lock horns for the 2021/22 Champions League final on Saturday night.

The Reds contingent from Merseyside will have their eyes set on a seventh European success this weekend, While the Los Blancos will aim to get their hands on the trophy for a record extending 14th time.

Jurgen Klopp’s side has seen off Inter Milan, Benfica, and Villarreal on their route to the final, while Real Madrid saw off Manchester City, Chelsea, and Paris Saints Germain in the knock-out stages to book themselves in the final.

Match Preview

Carabao Cup? Check. FA Cup? Check. English Premier League? Fell short by one point. It would not have an exciting final matchday without drama at the top and bottom of the Premier League Table, with the Anfield supporter’s quadruple hopes now dealt a big blow.

While Pep Guardiola’s side was trailing by two goals at the Etihad, a tricky Wolverhampton Wanderers side would only frustrate Liverpool and Anfield, supporters.

However, Klopp’s side ultimately did what they needed to do with a 3-1 Triumph, but Manchester City’s dramatic comeback saw them clinch the title ahead of Liverpool.

In contrast, Real Madrid will be in a buoyant mood after eliminating European heavyweights in PSG, Chelsea, and Manchester City on their route to the finals. Having a striker as lethal as Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr are propelled Carlo Ancelotti’s side to the unlikeliest of comebacks throughout the knock-out stages of this season’s tournament.

Kick Off Time

The match is set to kick off at 9:00 pm and will mark the 8th meeting between these sides in the competition history.

Team News

Jurgen Klopp’s side has had a few injury concerns as of recent, with Thiago Alcantara being the latest Red to join the treatment room after coming off against Wolves last weekend.

However, Fabinho and Joe Gomez are opted to be fit enough to play in the final on Saturday, while Divock Origi’s muscular injury means that he has played his last game for the Reds.

Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah were fit enough to make the bench against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend after they sustained a knock during the FA Cup Final Triumph, with the latter coming off the bench to score his 23rd Premier League goal of the 2021/22 campaign.

Meanwhile, David Alaba is ready to return to the starting lineup after missing out in the goalless draw against Real Betis last weekend.

Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal’s places are safe at the wings back. Nacho Fernandez should replace Eder Militao in the heart of the defense.

A midfield of Casimero, Luka Modric, and Toni Kross should start, while Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema, and Rodrygo lead the line.

Liverpool’s possible starting lineup:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz

Real Madrid’s possible starting lineup:

Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric: Rodrygo Benzema, Vinicius Jr

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