Kenya: Liverpool out to topple Real | The Standard - Kenya

Kenya: Liverpool out to topple Real | The Standard - Kenya

While five-time world player of the year Ronaldo is chasing a record fifth Champions League triumph, and fourth with Real Madrid, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is chasing a first.

To do so Liverpool must end Real's reign as European champions as the Spanish giants go for a 13th European crown in Kiev.

Two thumping wins over minnows Maribor set them on the path to qualification but defensive issues came to the fore when they threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla away and it wasn't until the final group game that they secured their progress to the knock-out phase.

Salah's dominant displays in Europe have sparked debate over whether the Liverpool striker could break the decade-long stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or award of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

"I didn't want to take the pressure off them or whatever, I only think we are a club and a team next year that could, not will, but could be here again far in the competition".

"Religion is private how I understand it", Klopp said.

Not just a first Champions League success, but a first major title in football in his maiden cup final.

Nevertheless, Mohamed Salah has the support of most of Africa, as he is seen as a beacon of hope, and a shining example to young people across the continent.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has assured supporters the club will strengthen the squad regardless of the result in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

This year's tournament concludes with a match between reigning champions Real Madrid and English side Liverpool.

Don't fear the prospect of a Champions League final and instead look at it as a night when your career can be defined, the one game that can turn you into a hero forever more.

There is so much speed and goals in both teams; Mo Salah has scored over 40 with Liverpool this season; then there is Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino, who have had a lot of consistency.

The biggest mistake that Madrid can make is to take Liverpool lightly and if they're not right on top of their game from the first whistle, they could well find themselves two or three goals behind before they get going.

"I don't think we need that moment [of victory] to restore it".

Juve were the favourites and we knew that we needed to upgrade our level to go against them and win.

"The club have won the competition a few times so it is the DNA of the club to win trophies".

"I can see that he is feeling very good, he'll be at 150 percent although if he is 149 percent that's ok", Real coach Zinedine Zidane said of his talisman on Friday. "Salah is in fine shape - physically and mentally; he's hopeful, as all the players are, that Liverpool can win the final".

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