It’s the Champions League final on Saturday and my predictions and thoughts on the clash between Liverpool and Real Madrid is the focus of my talkSPORT tipping column this week.
You’ve got two great managers to be honest, going head-to-head which makes it even more fascinating, it’s brilliant! This game is going to be a real cracker.
Now, Liverpool are more sensible than City, I think for Klopp, if they take the lead he’s got James Milner and Jordan Henderson to sit.
He can bring players on to sit tight whereas City were, especially in that first leg, two ahead and really should have kept it at 4-2.
They didn’t and it cost them because they kept going forward, kept getting bodies up there and kept passing the ball high up.
But Liverpool’s injuries really are a problem, most are back training now, but the question is, do you risk someone in the final?
Klopp’s been a genius for Liverpool, he’s not mad, he’s not daft, and he knows what he’s doing so he will certainly be clever with it.
Champions League final predictions
I think it’s going to be a very tight game, Liverpool are the favourites almost odds-on, but I make it a lot closer than that I really do.
My worry for Liverpool is that Real Madrid are very rested, they’ve had three weeks after winning the title in Spain so they’ve not had the ferocious games that Liverpool have had to play.
Trying to win the Premier League, you wonder how much that takes out of them.
I think the key here is Virgil van Dijk and the two full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.
If they can contain Madrid’s wide players and of course if van Dijk can look after Karim Benzema then I think Liverpool win, and it’s really as simple as that.
If Madrid get a grip and take hold of the game and get wide left with Vinicius Jr who could get beyond Alexander-Arnold then they could be in trouble.
I am worried about it because it’s almost as if Madrid’s name is on the cup already, it will be their 14th European trophy, which is amazing as the next best is seven from AC Milan.
It is remarkable really and as much as I hate to think their name could be on it and I want Liverpool to win, it might just go to extra-time.
Dean Saunders this morning was talking about how this will game will have a lot of goals – I’m not sure it will.
If you look at the previous rounds, it does indicate goals, but this is the final! A European final in Paris. It’ll get to 1-1 and extra-time as a result, something like that for sure and I see Liverpool getting in and nicking it late.
Champions League final tips
Benzema’s such a threat isn’t he? Someone like Toni Kroos if he plays or Luka Modric can come up with a goal in crucial moments. They’re all top players Real Madrid have got, I’d go Kroos from range or a set-piece for big odds.
From Liverpool’s point of view you can never look past Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah can you? They are unbelievable and will this be Mane’s last game, going out with a goal in the Champions League final?
If I had to pick two, it would be one from each side, I’d go Mane and Kroos as an outsider for Madrid rather than Benzema.
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