Two of European football’s biggest heavyweights in Liverpool and Real Madrid go head-to-head for the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League in the final in Paris on Saturday, looking to win club football’s most prestigious prize.
The Reds missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City by one point on Sunday despite beating Wolves 3-1, ending their quadruple hopes having already won two trophies this season, although a seventh Champions League title remains in sight.
The Galacticos, however, have tasted league success this year after claiming their 35th La Liga title this season, as well as the Spanish Super Cup back in January, and are now looking to add to that with a record 14th Champions League victory here.
When is Liverpool vs Real Madrid?
The last meeting between these two sides came in the same competition back in April 2021, when the Reds were held to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the second leg of their quarter-final tie and were knocked out as a result, following a 3-1 aggregate defeat.
The two clubs have also met in a Champions League final twice before – in 1981 and most recently, 2018. In the latest outing just four years ago, Real Madrid secured a third successive Champions League title with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kyiv.
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How to watch
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, while there will also be a live stream service online via the BT Sport app and BT Sport website.. Alternatively, BT Sport will also be streaming the match for free on their YouTube channel.
Coverage will begin at 6pm.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid odds from Betfred
Liverpool – 21/20
Draw – 11/4
Real Madrid – 5/2
*odds subject to change
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Jurgen Klopp will be sure to play his strongest side available to him as he goes in search of his second Champions League title in charge of the Reds, but despite having a number of options in each position at his disposal, he could be operating without four players here.
Thiago (calf) was forced off at half-time over the weekend and is now facing a battle to be fit for Saturday’s clash with Real Madrid, while Divock Origi has been ruled out after picking up a problem in training last week. However, Fabinho (thigh) has joined in with first-team training this week and is expected to return alongside Joe Gomez (ankle) should he be fit enough.
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As for Carlo Ancelotti, his side won just one of their final four La Liga games after claiming the title last month, but he will be expected to name a similar lineup to the one that produced the magnificent turnaround against Man City in the semi-finals to reach this stage.
The Italian has no fresh injury concerns to contend with and will hope to welcome back David Alaba (adductor) to the side, who returned to full training this week, while Eden Hazard (foot) made an appearance on the bench at the weekend. Gareth Bale is likely to be left out once again as he prepares to depart the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.