Champions League final: Madrid to edge Kyiv thriller

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players

Jürgen Klopp has said Mohamed Salah can follow Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as a modern great but that the forward's only ambition must be sealing a phenomenal campaign for Liverpool with a starring role in the Champions League final.

The kings of European soccer will be crowned Saturday as upstart Liverpool looks to dethrone defending champ Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final to be played in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Liverpool manager spoke to the media on Friday ahead of the showpiece final and revealed his admiration for Zinedine Zidane and his superstars, with Real hoping to win a third-straight UCL trophy and a record 13th European title. I never thought he would become a manager when he was playing, but after that when he started to tell us that he would like to do the job... quickly he went to school to get his coaching badges and started to take on some responsibilities at Real Madrid. We can not just think about two or three of their players, but their collective, as the full team wins games. But this is a big club, and you see it everywhere: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City.

"I know how we have to play, and I know what I must do to help my team", he said.

Klopp and Zidane will be keeping their plans close to their chest - but Europe's governing body might have let their plans slip early. Knowing Liverpool as a club, the people I had spoken to about Liverpool also, I knew Liverpool belongs to the Champions League.

Ronaldo could win his fifth Champions League. "He's shown that this year and he's got a great chance to show that over the next few years as Ronaldo and Messi have done - but the day after tomorrow".

Liverpool (five-time winners themselves) are the slight underdogs but the way Klopp was talking suggested this final was a proper David vs. Goliath battle.

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"You have to expect he is brilliant, like he was as a player".

Around 1,000 Real fans handed back tickets, while a number of Liverpool supporters' flights have been cancelled due to insufficient landing space at Kiev's Boryspil Airport.

There is so much speed and goals in both teams; Mo Salah has scored over 40 with Liverpool this season; then there is Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino, who have had a lot of consistency.

"We are Liverpool and we are not just a good team".

Ronaldo is looking to join an esteemed group of 10 players to win five European Cups by scoring in his fourth separate final.

Madrid captain Ramos embodies this Real side as he tends to save his best for the big occasion.

"I know how I lost the finals, it didn't change my life", said Klopp, a two-time Bundesliga champion with Dortmund. "We had the most exceptional run to the final, scoring the most goals". "If you like to compete and want to work hard you can achieve what we are doing".

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