Champions League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ready for Real Madrid showdown

Cristiano Ronaldo cameraman composite

Ronaldo, a four-time Champions League victor, leads this year's tournament with 15 goals.

The contrast in experience between the sides couldn't be greater as Liverpool return to the final after an 11-year wait with no player in their squad who has previously played in a Champions League final.

Curiously, Liverpool and Real Madrid have already met once in a European Cup final, with the Reds winning 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Alan Kennedy in 1981. To have been successful as a player and now to be successful as the boss, the big boss, is incredible.

Fans are gathering in the Ukrainian capital Kiev for the biggest event in the footballing calendar - the European Champions League final.

Apart from Beckham, even former United defender Gary Neville took to Twitter on Friday to express similar emotions, asking Cristiano Ronaldo to sleep well. "This season was exceptional, unbelievable so far".

According to Real Madrid ex-President Ramon Calderon, Welsh forward Gareth Bale was never going to match five-time Balon d'Or victor Cristiano Ronaldo's success at the Bernabeu.

When they won the title last year, they became the only team since AC Milan in 1990 to have won the title for two consecutive years.

Cristiano Ronaldo's cameraman Real Madrid
Champions League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ready for Real Madrid showdown

When Klopp was asked whether Salah had chosen to fast in the build up to crunch tie against Real Madrid, he gave a diplomatic response.

Liverpool have caught out better teams than Madrid with their high pressure blitz this season but they do tend to run out of steam given the physically demanding nature of that approach and that's where Madrid can really punish them.

In the same Real Madrid video, Zidane explained what it meant to be part of a European night in that pure white jersey. They've never been so calm and confident in the club before a final than now. In recent years, Real Madrid succeeded in doing so every time.

The difference between the sides is clear when you compare the passing distribution too, as Real Madrid's is dominated by five key figures: Toni Kroos, Marcelo, Isco, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos.

"The atmosphere is different, the fans are different, there is an expectancy throughout the club to do well in this competition".

Described as a cross between a goalscoring number nine and creative number 10 by Brazil coach Tite, Liverpool will hope Firmino's movement can drag another Madrid Champions League specialist in Ramos out of position.

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