Champions League Final 2018: Liverpool and Real Madrid will meet in the Champions League final on Saturday. But both have some issues to fix if they are to walk away with the trophy. Here are three things to watch for each side.
Champions League Final Live
For Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the Champions League final will be the biggest match of their careers to date. The trio have proved time and time again this season that they are perhaps the deadliest frontline in Europe. On Saturday, the world will be watching with keen interest to see how they fare against the Galacticos.
Salah and Firmino have scored 10 times in Europe this season — a Liverpool record for the most goals in a single Champions League campaign. But Cristiano Ronaldo’s 15 goals in the Champions League this season mean he’s still the superstar of the competition. Liverpool must overshadow the world’s best if they are to pick up European Cup No. 6.
But with Salah, Firmino and Mane continuing to fire on all cylinders in perfect harmony, Liverpool have believed that anything has been possible in Europe for some time. These type of occasions can cement legacies.
Backline needing to show their resilient side once again
It’s not an overstatement to say Virgil van Dijk has transformed Liverpool’s defence since his arrival in January. But the others in the backline also deserve credit for the way they’ve stepped up their game since October.
That humiliating first-half substitution at Wembley during the defeat with Tottenham Hotspur seems like a long time ago for Dejan Lovren. Lovren appears to have won the battle to become Van Dijk’s centre-half partner.
At full-back, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19, are living out their wildest dreams, while proving themselves to be more than capable at this level. And between the sticks, Loris Karius looks to have pushed Simon Mignolet out permanently and made a strong case to be Liverpool’s long-term No. 1.
Collectively, they have withstood onslaughts from Manchester City and Roma en route to Kiev and there will be one more from Zinedine Zidane’s team. Can they rise to the occasion once more?
What is it?
Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup – for the first time since 1981 – in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy.
The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history.
When is it?
Saturday, May 26, 2018.
Where is it?
The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev.
The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 – the second largest in eastern Europe.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
BT Sport 1.
But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport.