Liverpool and Real Madrid are in Paris this weekend for the 2022 Champions League final. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when is it?
Saturday’s game takes place at the Stade de France, at 8:00 p.m.
What’s the team news?
With Mo Salah making a goalscoring comeback from the bench last weekend as Liverpool tried in vain to wrest the Premier League trophy from Manchester City and Virgil van Dijk reappearing among the substitutes, Fabinho is the big concern, after his recent absence. with a hamstring injury.
Jurgen Klopp has said the player should return to training early this week and is expected to be fit.
The news is not so good for Thiago, who limped off against Wolves with an Achilles tendon problem.
Divock Origi will not have the chance to end his Liverpool career with another goal in the Champions League final, with a muscle injury ruling out the Belgian.
For Real Madrid, David Alaba looks set to return to form after a month out, with Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard also available and no other injury concerns for Carlo Ancelotti.
Where can I watch the match?
The match will be broadcast live on RTE 2 from 7:00 p.m. and BT Sport 2 from 6:00 p.m. The game is also broadcast live via RTE Player, the LiveScore app and the BT Sport app.
How is the head-to-head record?
The match is a repeat of the 1981 final, which also happened to be in Paris. Since that first meeting, won 1-0 by Liverpool thanks to a late goal from Alan Kennedy, the teams have met a further seven times.
After two wins for Liverpool in 2009, Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last five meetings, including a win in the 2018 Champions League final and last season’s quarter-final tie, where a win in 3-1 home was followed by a goalless draw at Anfield. .
Liverpool win: 3
Real Madrid win: 4
What can I read about the game on Independent.ie?
Not long ago, Ibrahima Konate was playing football with his friends in the “cages” of Paris, and the idea of reaching the Stade de France seemed possible only with the help of finding a lucky golden ticket.
Chris Bascombe has been taking on the Liverpool defender who returns to his old ground this weekend.
After Liverpool’s quadruple bid finally collapsed in that exciting Premier League final on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking for a clean sweep of the cups in a season in which they played every possible game on the schedule. Eamonn Sweeney, Miguel Delaney, Sam Wallace and Mark Critchley recall the drama here.
Liverpool have already plunged into the transfer market with the purchase of youngster Fabio Carvalho from Fulham, but one player who will not be at Anfield despite talks with the striker is PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.
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What are the match fees?
Liverpool is favorite at 21/20 with Real Madrid 12/5 and the draw at 90 minutes 5/2.
As for lifting the cup, the Reds are 4/7 and Real 5/4.
What do the managers say?
“It’s nice not to have to talk about the last six finals I lost, but it’s part of my story, I can’t change that.
“Most (of the Real Madrid team) won it three times: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, [Karim] Benzema. So if we are in a better place, what are they?
“Madrid has lost a final in Paris against Liverpool. It could be revenge for us too.
“We have crossed paths many times. Losing to them was a tragedy with Roma in 1984 and [with Milan in] 2005. Then revenge, Salah says, came in 2018.
“I respect him a lot. One of the best experiences of my career is seeing the fans at the Bernabéu or Anfield, as well as the beautiful experience of facing them against Everton.
“I like your story, the one about [Bob] Paisley, they have six Champions Leagues, only one less than Milan… That is also an extra motivation. My Milanese friends tell me not to let them reach seven”.