In a rematch of the 2018 final, Liverpool and Real Madrid will compete for the 2022 Champions League trophy at the Stade de France in Paris on May 29 (IST).
Real Madrid celebrating the 2018 Champions League final victory. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the 2018 final by 3-1
- Sadio Mane nullified Karim Benzema’s goal in 2018
- Gareth Bale’s brace helped Madrid win the 2018 final
Ahead of the 2022 Champions League final against Real Madrid, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp labelled the 2018 winners as a world-class club and said they know how to win games.
In the 2018 final, Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kyiv. In a rematch of that encounter, Real Madrid are chasing a record-extending 14th trophy while Liverpool are aiming for their seventh.
Both sides had an impressive season, with Liverpool winning the EFL Cup, FA Cup and missing out on Premier League glory by just one point and Real Madrid clinching the La Liga and Supercopa de Espana titles.
“First and foremost, they are a world-class team, a world-class club, and they know how to win football games,” Klopp told UEFA.com.
In the 2018 final, Karim Benzema handed Real Madrid an early advantage before Sadio Mane equalled it for Liverpool. However, a double from Gareth Bale helped Madrid beat the Reds.
Recalling the teams’ clash, Klopp continued, “The core (of the teams that met in 2018), especially the midfield, is still there. A lot of things are still how they were before.
“So, their back line has changed a lot. Up front, Cristiano (Ronaldo) is not there, true, but (Karim) Benzema is still there, with young Brazilians (Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo) now and all these kinds of things, so it’s a top-class team,” he said.
Liverpool and Real Madrid will compete for the 2022 Champions League trophy at the Stade de France in Paris on May 29 (IST).