Liverpool took revenge on Real Madrid in the rematch of the Champions League final

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PARIS (AFP) – Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is looking to close out an incredible season in revenge for his 2018 defeat against Real Madrid when the team meets again in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday, but the Spanish giants have their 14th European Cup target of victory.

This is Liverpool’s third Champions League final in five seasons, after a 3-1 loss to Real in Kyiv by beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid the following year, and he looks like a minor favorite at the Stade de France to become king. Seventh Europe.

This will level the playing field with AC Milan, the only rivals on Saturday who are more likely to win trophies, and will allow the Anfield club to complete their campaign with a treble after lifting the English League Cup and FA Cup.

“Winning a trophy, there’s no better feeling,” Andy Robertson of Liverpool said this week.

For a long time there was a quadruple like never before, but Klopp’s side fell apart in the Premier League, finishing points behind Manchester City.

“Without the Champions League, this is going to be a good season. With the Champions League, this is going to be a really good season,” Klopp said.

It’s been an unforgettable few years for Klopp’s side after losing in Kyiv, when Mohamed Salah was forced to injury in the first half, Lorius Karius had a nightmare in goal, and Gareth Bale’s brilliance won the trophy for Real.

“I think it’s time for revenge,” Salah, who scored 31 goals this season, admitted recently.

Liverpool look good as they have strengthened since 2018, especially on target with the arrival of Alisson, while Thiago Alcantara has been a midfielder.

– Ancelotti targets number four –

The problem is that you can be forgiven for thinking that Real’s name is on the cup, as it has been many times before.

While Liverpool face Inter Milan, Benfica and Villarreal in the knockout stages, it is now easy to forget that Real Carlo Ancelotti’s side lost at home to Sheriff Tiraspol in the group stage, so it was incredible.

He lost 2-0 on aggregate to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 before a hat-trick by Karim Benzema in the 17th minute of the second half in the second leg.

Against Chelsea in the quarter -finals, he scored at home in the back leg to force extra time before Benzema won the championship.

The best saved for the semi-final against Manchester City came in the 90th minute in the second leg requiring two goals just to force extra time. He won, and Benzema then beat the champion.

The 34 -year -old Frenchman now leads Madrid to the final at home after a campaign that has scored 44 goals, with 15 in Europe and 27 on the run to the Spanish title.

Benzema will certainly be nailed to win the Ballon d’Or if the club wins in Paris, where the victory will also help Real supporters overcome Kylian Mbappe’s decision to snub.

Madrid are chasing the Champions League for the fifth time in nine seasons, a race that began when they beat Atletico Madrid in Lisbon in 2014.

Benzema was on the team, as was Luka Modric, while Ancelotti was the coach when he became the first coach.

The Italian veteran could now be the first coach to win a fourth Champions League, as well as wins with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007.

– Security operations –

His last victory was against Liverpool and was in retaliation for club Anfield’s win against Milan Ancelotti in Istanbul in 2005.

“The final play with him is really special. He has won six Champions Leagues, and if he reaches seven, he will be on par with Milan, so I have extra motivation to win this final,” smiled Ancelotti, who has the mantra as the leader of local rivals Liverpool, Everton before returning to Madrid.

This would be the third final between the clubs, who also met in Paris in 1981 – then the English team won thanks to Alan Kennedy’s goal at the Parc des Princes.

The final was not supposed to be played here, but Paris signed it after UEFA canceled the Saint-Petersburg match after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

There are 80,000 people who will fill the Stade de France, with 20,000 fans per team officially in attendance.

About 40,000 more Liverpool fans are expected to travel to Paris without tickets, but about seven thousand police will be part of a large-scale security operation.