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Team news and predicted line-ups ahead of Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Team news and predicted line-ups ahead of Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Everything you need to know ahead of the final in Paris

Liverpool are bidding to win a seventh European Cup when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered heartbreak on the final day of the Premier League season as Manchester City came from behind against Aston Villa to clinch the title, bringing an end to Liverpool’s dreams of an unprecedented quadruple.

The Reds will require little added motivation when they take on Madrid, though, with the scars of the 2018 final still fresh for many players – none more so than Mohamed Salah, who was forced off with an injury before Gareth Bale scored a spectacular bicycle kick in Madrid’s 3-1 victory.

Madrid will be relying on Karim Benzema to recreate those heroics in Paris after a stunning season. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have already produced barely imaginable comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City en route to the final and have pretty much been able to channel all their focus on this fixture since wrapping up the La Liga title almost a month ago.

Here is everything you need to know:

When and where is it?

The match will begin at 8pm on Saturday 28 May at the Stade de France in Paris.

How can I watch?

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match on BT Sport 1, with coverage due to begin at 6pm.

Subscribers can watch the game via the BT Sport app or online player, while the broadcaster will also be providing a free stream on their YouTube channel.

Team News

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho but Klopp said in his pre-match press conference that both players are “ready” to go. Divock Origi has been ruled out.

Real Madrid are expected to have David Alaba back from injury, with Carlo Ancelotti claiming to have a full squad available.

Predicted line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Mane, Diaz

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

Odds

Liverpool – 11/10

Draw – 13/5

Real Madrid – 23/10

Prediction

Real Madrid have pulled off some dizzying comebacks in this season’s Champions League but Liverpool are a stronger squad and have consistently shown the ability to rise to the occasion themselves. They will be even more determined after missing out on the final day of the Premier League season and will be desperate to avenge their defeat against Madrid in the 2018 final. Real Madrid 1-3 Liverpool.