Liverpool will be looking to win the seventh UEFA Champions League trophy in their history on Saturday evening, as they travel to Paris to face 13-time winners Real Madrid.
In a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final, Liverpool will be looking for revenge this time after their 3-1 defeat to Los Blancos four years ago. The Reds will be looking to add the Champions League to their collection of trophies won so far this season, with a win in Paris set to complete a treble for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool beat the likes of Inter Milan, Benfica and Villarreal on their way to Paris, with a 5-2 win against the latter in the semi-finals booking the Reds’ place in the final. Ahead of the final, Liverpool have been sweating over the fitness of a couple of their key players, but it’s now looking more likely that Klopp will have an almost fully fit squad available on Saturday.
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Thiago Alcantara was taken off against Wolves last weekend with a muscle injury, but the midfielder is expected to be fit for the clash with Los Blancos. Fellow midfielder Fabinho was also a doubt for the final, but the Brazilian is set to return to Klopp’s side.
Virgil van Dijk missed Liverpool’s final two games of the season after picking up an injury in the FA Cup final, but the defender is back to full fitness ahead of the final. Joe Gomez may return to the squad, whilst Divock Origi is the only guaranteed absentee.
So, what line-ups will both teams select? And, what could the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Liverpool and Real Madrid’s Champions League final clash, and this is what happened …
Liverpool v Real Madrid score predicted by simulation
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but did not select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
We predict that Liverpool could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz.
We predict that Real Madrid could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius.
Liverpool were the brighter side in Paris early on, spending the majority of the opening 15 minutes in Real Madrid’s half. The Reds were finding most of their joy down the right, and they found the opening goal from that side through Jordan Henderson.
Mohamed Salah picked the ball up on the right and fizzed a pass in the middle as Henderson stepped over the ball to let it run through to Fabinho. The Brazilian spotted the continued run of Henderson and threaded a pass to the captain, and Henderson hit a sweet effort into the far top corner to put Liverpool ahead.
It was a reserved opener for the Reds, with the fantastic strike topping off a dominant display in the opening stages. But, the lead lasted a mere six minutes, with the away side finding the equalizer through a brilliant Toni Kroos strike.
Federico Valverde burst down the right with the ball, skipping past Andrew Robertson before looking up and sending a cross into the box. The out-swinging ball fell into the path of Kroos who had crept into the box unmarked, and the German struck a powerful, acrobatic volley into the top corner to pull Los Blancos level.
The game was all square at half-time, with Madrid finding themselves on top in the last 20 minutes of the half. Carlo Ancelotti’s side continued their strong end to the first half in the second, and an error from Alisson in goal saw Liverpool go behind in Paris
Karim Benzema picked up the ball with his back to goal and played a quick one-two with Vinicius to get around Joel Matip and go through on goal. The Frenchman blasted his effort straight at Alisson, but the power in the shot sent the ball through the ‘keeper, trickling across the line despite the Brazilian’s best efforts to reclaim the ball.
The goal saw Klopp introduce Naby Keita for Henderson with half an hour to go as the Reds looked to get back into the game. A wave of chances then followed for Liverpool, and they found the equalizer through Luis Diaz with 20 minutes remaining.
A poor clearance from Eder Militao saw Robertson intercept the ball and fizz a pass to Sadio Mane inside the box. The Senegal international flicked the ball into the path of Diaz who overlapped the striker, and the Colombian blasted his effort into the top corner to make it 2-2.
With the game all square, both sides were cautious going forward, with the danger of being caught short at the back. Madrid attempted to break forward in the 88th minute, but a misplaced pass saw Liverpool counter the away side and score the winning goal.
Thiago won the ball on the left of the midfield and charged forward with numbers in support. The Spaniard used Robertson’s run to push forward and find Diaz inside the box, and the Colombian spun his marker before powering his shot into the top corner, winning the Champions League for Liverpool.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Liverpool 3-2 Real Madrid
Here are the full-time match stats.
FIFA 22 predicts that a close affair between the two sides could see the game go down to the wire in Paris, with a late goal proving crucial in the Champions League final. Despite Liverpool’s dominance at stages, Real Madrid’s attacking prowess was a constant threat, with the Reds having to be cautious of their front three in the real game.
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