Mohamed Salah can become modern great like Messi and Ronaldo, says Klopp

May 27, 2018, 03:10
Mohamed Salah can become modern great like Messi and Ronaldo, says Klopp

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"I have never been twice in a row to a Champions League final", said Klopp, who led Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final where they were defeated by Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. Not since Bayern Munich in 1976 has a team won the European Cup three times in succession.

Klopp agreed that his job in the build-up has mainly involved taking the pressure off his players, and that meant playing down suggestions that this was Salah's chance to break up Lionel Messi and Ronaldo's grip on the Ballon d'Or.

Curiously, Liverpool and Real Madrid have already met once in a European Cup final, with the Reds winning 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Alan Kennedy in 1981. Pluto is more powerful than Uranus and expect the mighty Madrid to be stunned and outclassed by the younger and intense Liverpool.

Real's 12 European Cup wins puts them way ahead of the rest, but Liverpool have lifted the famous trophy five times.

He became the first player ever to score in all six matches in a Champions League group stage in December and with further strikes against Paris St Germain and Juventus in the knockout rounds he set yet another record in the competition by scoring in 10 consecutive games in the same season.

"This season was exceptional, unbelievable, but there is still one more game to go".

Real head coach Zinedine Zidane has a full complement of players to choose from, with the chief question mark revolving around whether Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema will partner Cristiano Ronaldo in attack. "I am pretty sure in the second before the game Real Madrid will be more confident than we are, but the game doesn't end in that second, it only starts", Klopp said.

It's the biggest game in the European football calendar and, once again, Real Madrid are fighting for the title.

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