Against all odds, Liverpool are in the 2017/18 Champions League final. Outsiders for a sixth European crown at the start of the season, Jurgen Klopp’s men now have a real opportunity to rewrite the history books.
But do the Reds really have what it takes to beat Real Madrid on May 26th? We take a look at Liverpool’s chances…
Klopp is a no-nonsense, attack-minded manager and his style suits Liverpool down to the ground.
This is the second time that Klopp has led a team to Europe’s showpiece fixture; Borussia Dortmund fell short in their pursuit of glory in 2013.
Liverpool fans have praised Klopp in recent years for his passion and hunger to succeed – he could be the man to take the Reds back to the summit of European football.
At the time of writing, Liverpool are the most successful English club in this competition – winning the European Cup five times in their illustrious history.
The Reds won four of those between 1977 and 1974 before THAT triumph against AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005.
Their record in finals is solid enough; Liverpool have lost just two of their seven European Cup finals.
Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League table but their European exploits have been something of a distraction in recent months.
The Reds have faced AS Roma, Manchester City and FC Porto in the knockout rounds; and managed to oust Spartak Moscow, Maribor and Sevilla in the initial group stages.
Klopp’s men have scored more European goals than anyone else this season – Liverpool have been dominant throughout the competition.
Their recent form has been seriously impressive; Liverpool have lost just two of their last 20 matches in all competitions.
During that spell, the Reds have averaged over 2.4 goals scored per game whilst conceding 0.8 goals per game.
Klopp’s men are full of confidence and there will be plenty of Liverpool fans backing an upset in Ukraine.
Without a doubt, it must be Mohamed Salah. Currently a 7/4 shot to win the Ballon d’Or this year, the Egypt star is in the form of his life right now.
Salah has broken numerous records in 2017/18 and he could be set for another huge performance.
Liverpool will need their main man to be at his brilliant best to stand any chance of beating Real on Saturday night – he has been their difference maker for most of the season.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold will need to have the game of his life; the youngster will be going up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Selected into England’s 2018 World Cup squad, the 19-year-old is not the finished article just yet but Alexander-Arnold has the talent to give Liverpool an edge.
Stopping Real Madrid from scoring is just as important as scoring at the other end.
Salah to score anytime is worth a punt at 5/4. He has been simply sublime for most of the campaign and the Egyptian could be set for another big effort before heading to the World Cup.
If you’re thinking of backing the Reds, this could be the best way to go.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*