Champions League final preview: Liverpool vs Real Madrid – where to watch, kick-off time, possible line-ups, form guide | UEFA Champions League


Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in the 2022 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 28 May.

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Great Champions League final goals

Great Champions League final goals

You’ve got yourselves some final here. Liverpool are enjoying a remarkable season despite narrowly missing out an unprecedented quadruple on Sunday. Perennial Premier League rivals Manchester City aside, they’ve consistently been top of the class for every assignment sent their way.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, may have already been crowned Spanish champions, but their European campaign defies both belief and description after a series of stellar comebacks. Their journey to this point could fill a novel, and the final chapter is yet to be written.

Meet the finalists

Possible line-ups

All Liverpool's goals en route to the Champions League final

All Liverpool’s goals en route to the Champions League final

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keïta; Salah, Mané, Luis Díaz

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Mder Militão, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Valverde, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior

Form guide

Route to final: Group B winners, 2-1 agg vs Inter (R16), 6-4 agg vs Benfica (QF), 5-2 agg vs Villarreal (SF)
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WWDWDW
Where they finished: 2nd in Premier League, FA Cup winners, League Cup winners

All of Real Madrid's goals en route to the final

All of Real Madrid’s goals en route to the final

Real Madrid
Route to final: Group D winners, 3-2 agg vs Paris (R16), 5-4 agg vs Chelsea (QF), 6-5 agg vs Man. City (SF)
Form (all competitions, most recent first)
Where they finished: Champions League


European Cup final pedigree

European Cup final record: P9 W6 L3 F13 A11
Most recent appearance: 2019, Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

Real Madrid
European Cup final record: P16 W13 L3 F42 A23
Most recent appearance: 2018, Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

Expert predictions

Matthew Howarth, Liverpool reporter
Liverpool may have shown signs of tiredness of late, but despite conceding first in each of their final four Premier League games they still managed to collect ten points. Pipped to the league title by Manchester City, the Reds now have the chance to cap an otherwise phenomenal campaign with their third trophy of 2021/22.

Jürgen Klopp, by his own admission, has never had a stronger squad to play with during his Anfield tenure. Luis Díaz, the latest addition to the German’s multi-talented ensemble, played a starring role in the semi-final and could do so again in Paris, whether from the bench or as a starter.

2018 final highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

2018 final highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

Joseph Walker, Madrid reporter
Here we are once again. What is it with Madrid and this competition? Granted, this season they have chanced their arm a few times, but their resilience, grit and determination have ensured they live up to old club saying ‘El Madrid nunca se rinde’ (Madrid never gives up).

They have been indebted to Karim Benzema’s stunning campaign, while youngster Rodrygo has been the very definition of a ‘clutch’ player in the big games. With Liverpool looking fatigued – not to mention coach Carlo Ancelotti’s brilliant record – Madrid have a wonderful opportunity to make it 14 European Cups.

View from the camps

Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Their previous meetings

Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Their previous meetings

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool coach: “Outstanding, massive – it feels like the first one because it’s always so special.”

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach: “Something strange has happened. Since the start of the season we have played very strong teams who believed they’d win the Champions League – Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Man. City. Credit goes to the players and our fanbase, who “push and push and push. The shirt carries weight – the pride of the club. For me, a final with Liverpool is like a derby because I continue to be an Evertonian.”

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool forward: “We have a score to settle.”

More to follow.


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