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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg at the Stadio Olimpico Rome

Gini Wijnaldum shows he gets Liverpool with approach to Champions League final

Liverpool are attempting to win the European title for a sixth time tonight but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall.

While five-time world player of the year Ronaldo is chasing a record fifth Champions League triumph, and fourth with Real Madrid, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is chasing a first.

UEFA may have accidentally revealed Jurgen Klopp and Zinedine Zidane's starting XIs and formations before the Champions League final. "I hope we can give the club and the supporters, and of course ourselves, the win over Real Madrid", said the Holland worldwide.

"Take Manchester City as an example, they only lost two games this season and I don't know how many they drew?"

'I've said this repeatedly, I think this is the worst moment for a coach, when you have to make the choice, especially for a final, because some players will put their jersey on and others won't. "It's another final and we have the same chance of winning it as they do", Zidane told a news conference on Friday.

"Religion is private, that is how I understand it, so nothing to say about that", he stated.

Slowed down by a five-game suspension for pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona back in August, Ronaldo endured a barren spell of only four goals in the first half of the Liga season as Madrid fell way behind runaway leaders and eventual champions Barca.

The 25 years old Egyptian star has scored a stunning 43 goals this term, including 10 in the Champions League.

Mohamed Salah troubled Marcelo when they met in Real Madrid's win over Roma in 2016. He's shown that this year and he's got a... Nobody expected us to be here but we are because we are Liverpool.

"I think he is better than both Messi and Ronaldo combined, and if his team were to play Chelsea, I would still support him".

Don't fear the prospect of a Champions League final and instead look at it as a night when your career can be defined, the one game that can turn you into a hero forever more.

"The club have won the competition a few times so it is the DNA of the club to win trophies". "When you get to the game it's just 11 against 11".

Even the normally level headed Tony Kroos appears to be getting caught up in the Madrid hype, blithely saying: "It is a great achievement for Liverpool to reach a final and to have a chance to win the Champions League".

"I am excited to see Naby Keita join the club this summer and I can only promise our supporters that we will continue to improve the squad", Werner said. "We want to win the trophy for fans and the club and we're certainly going in the right direction".

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