"I felt like I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions and what can you do?"
Making an explosive impact as a second-half substitute, Bale showcased athleticism and technique of the highest quality by sending Madrid in front with only his fourth touch of the game in the 64th minute. But we all know - just as Shankly did - that some things do matter more than our sporting allegiances.
The 24-year-old has been with Liverpool since 2016.
"Every single day in training throughout the season they have given everything and you get your rewards at the end of it".
"I had a five/six-week injury at the start of the season and I've been fit ever since". He is a proper team player who maybe shuns the limelight and will want the world to see how good the Egypt team will be, qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1990. Madrid became the first team to win three consecutive European Cups since the mid-1970s.
Speculation will surround two of Real's attacking stars in the coming days, with Cristiano Ronaldo also hinting at an exit after the game.
"Whatever happens on Saturday night, we will ensure we have a strong squad to compete for trophies next season which will have even more depth".
"To put on the performance that we did makes it a lot easier because they were outstanding so hopefully they can travel in their numbers to Kiev and make it a special place there".
"With a team like this, we can go far but to win three of them, it's something insane. This is a legendary club, a club that has won 13 Champions Leagues so I'm happy to be part of this history". Everyone is excited in the city and at the club.
What an impact. He only got 13 minutes as a substitute in Cardiff past year, but had a far more telling role to play during his half-hour this time round.
"I have never been twice in a row to a Champions League final", said Klopp, who led Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final where they were defeated by Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.