Champions League final: Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in Kyiv

Champions League final: Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in Kyiv

Champions League final: Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in Kyiv

The first half of Saturday's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool was marred by injuries, as both Mohamed Salah and Dani Carvajal left the game.

It was heartbreaking for Liverpool who had made all of the early running with half-chances for Mane, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold until the loss of Salah when Sergio Ramos kept hold of Salah's arm as they fell to the ground.

But even with two top players speaking about potential exits, Perez said it would be hard to improve this summer on a squad which has been dominating world football in recent years, despite a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar much talked about in the local media.

"I was watching him for the under-23s and the under-18s previous year and he is bound to have little dips, but he has Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson in front of him and experienced centre-backs to help him as well".

Real Madrid celebrate winning the Champions League with the trophy
Real Madrid celebrate winning the Champions League with the trophy

The Spanish club's fourth Champions League triumph in five years, and 13th European Cup success in total, was fully deserved despite Liverpool, the competition's top scorers this season, making an aggressive start to the game.

Six minutes later, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane introduced Welsh forward Gareth Bale to the game - a decisive substitute that had a major impact on the final. Ronaldo joined an elite four-man list featuring Real trio Paco Gento, Alfredo di Stefano and Jose Maria Zarraga, plus AC Milan's Paolo Maldini, as five-time winners of the European Cup. I have lost games in my life before so I know how to deal with that but you can not avoid the feeling the night after the game. Liverpool, on the other hand, are vying for a first Champions League win since that storied night in Istanbul 13 years ago. "I am not annoyed as when you do everything with your heart, you are not sorry about anything". Nobody wants that. The mistakes were obvious.

"We know this is no mean feat, we are up against a determined side". We didn't win the final, we lost a very important player and Egypt maybe lost a very important player for the World Cup.

Champions League final: Gareth Bale unhappy after being named as substitute
It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance. "We are Liverpool", Klopp told reporters . Liverpool and Real Madrid are the tournaments two top scoring teams with 40 and 30 goals respectively.

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He has been ably supported by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, with that threesome netting 90 goals between them in all competitions.

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