Liverpool eye revenge against Real Madrid

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool is seeking to cap a remarkable season by avenging their 2018 defeat against Real Madrid when the sides meet again in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday, but the Spanish giants have their sights on a 14th European Cup triumph.

It is Liverpool's third Champions League final in five seasons after they followed their 3-1 loss to Real in Kyiv by beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid a year later, and they are widely seen as slight favorites at the Stade de France to become kings of Europe for the seventh time.

That would put them level with AC Milan, with only Saturday's opponents having won the trophy more often, and it would allow the Anfield club to finish the campaign with a treble after they lifted the English League Cup and FA Cup.

Klopp shrugged off the distraction of speculation over Sadio Mane's future as he prepared for Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid on a fresh pitch at the Stade de France. Mane, whose contract expires in 2023, has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich.

A highly-anticipated rematch between two of the most decorated clubs in Champions League history will take place on a pitch laid just this week. Klopp expressed his concern with the signs of where each section of the new turf has been installed still clearly visible.

"Usually when a pitch looks new it's good news. This pitch is new since yesterday, that's obviously not the best news but for both teams," he added.

For a long time, an unprecedented quadruple was on, but Klopp's side fell just short in the Premier League, finishing a point behind Manchester City.

It has already been a memorable few years for Klopp's side following their loss in Kyiv, when Mohamed Salah was forced off injured in the first half, Lorius Karius endured a nightmare in goal, and Gareth Bale's brilliance won the trophy for Real.


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