Champions League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ready for Real Madrid showdown

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Champions League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ready for Real Madrid showdown

Ronaldo's preparations for the Kiev final hit a snag when he sprained his ankle while scoring against Barca on May 6, although he played and netted in their final Liga game of the season against Villarreal last Saturday.

Salah's absence made a huge difference and helped swing the game in Real Madrid's favor with the Reds having just seven touches in Real's half in the 14 first half minutes after Salah went off compared to 111 before that.

Zidane has won the tournament twice, with the Spanish side on both occasions.

Much of the talk prematch had been about Zinedine Zidane's decision to leave Bale on the bench, but he was introduced in the 60th minute for Isco. While Klopp failed to win his 2013 final against German side Bayern Munich when he was managing Borussia Dortmund.

"I have never taken a team to consecutive Champions League finals, so I do not know how that will feel for Real Madrid's players", he said.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane tore Manchester City to shreds in the quarterfinals, as Liverpool progressed 5-1 winners on aggregate and the trio's exhilarating pace will be a threat for Real Madrid's defense. Real Madrid has won 12 European Cups while Liverpool has won 5. Madrid might have added more in the final exchanges and there was an incredible moment when Ronaldo was about to shoot only to be interrupted by a pitch invader.

It was an unfortunate end to an otherwise spectacular campaign for the 25-year-old Egyptian.

Salah was virtually unstoppable at times during the English Premier League term.

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