Paris is named town of love, however there might be no love lost between Real Madrid and Liverpool this month as they battle it out for the Champions League crown on the Stade de France.
These two groups have rightly earned their spot on this epic showpiece after claiming a stake as two of one of the best sides in world soccer. Liverpool – lead by the purring shows of Mohamed Salah – have blown groups away this season, each within the Premier League and on their travels in Europe, and will very effectively finish the season with the quadruple of their possession.
Madrid, in the meantime, have stormed to the LaLiga title and have proven their relentless willpower to beat any problem after being compelled to battle from behind a quantity of occasions on their journey to the ultimate – pulling off unimaginable fightbacks in opposition to PSG, Chelsea and Man City – with Karim Benzema main the cost with a sensation array of goalscoring.
This meeting might be a repeat of the 2018 Champions League closing, the place Madrid got here out on top in opposition to a Liverpool aspect who had been simply getting began below Klopp. Now, the Reds are a lot improved and can arguably come into this one as favourites as the 2 European titans go at it.
Sportsmail matches the 2 sides up ahead of the massive closing this month, score every group player-by-player to find out who seems the strongest
Jurgen Klopp (R) and Carlo Ancelotti (L) will go face to face as Liverpool and Real Madrid scrap it out for the Champions League crown on May 28
Alisson (Liverpool) – The Brazilian has gone from power to power in current seasons and is imperious in between the sticks every week. The former Roma shot stopper has lower out some of the foolish errors that crept into his sport and simply counts as one of the best keeper within the Premier League – arguably on par with Ederson – and one of the best on this planet too. Alisson has 20 clear sheets in 32 video games this season, a surprising whole, conceding simply 20 and making 66 saves. 8/10.
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) – The former Chelsea man did not have essentially the most strong of begins to life on the Bernabeu since sealing his £35million swap from Stamford Bridge, however now he’s actually imposing his mark on the No 1 jersey. He has 14 clear sheets in LaLiga this season. 8/10
Liverpool’s Alisson (L) and Thibaut Courtois (R) are two of the world’s finest goalkeepers
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – After a barely ‘underwhelming’ season final year – by his requirements – the Merseyside lad is again to his very best and is ready to play in his third Champions League closing. With 17 assists in all competitions this season, the 23-year-old gives Liverpool an important avenue of creativity and his crosses will at all times trigger an actual headache for opposition defenders. 8/10
Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) – There was a time when the Spanish full-back was considered one of one of the best right-backs out there, however his general standing within the sport has dropped over time and his season has develop into blighted by accidents – with Covid, muscular points and a calf drawback reducing down his quantity of appearances early on within the marketing campaign. In current weeks he has put in some strong shows to assist Madrid win LaLiga. 6/10.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) has been at his artistic finest this season, whereas Dani Carvajal (R) has been vital to Real Madrid’s title win
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – The defensive colossus has been an integral half of Liverpool’s title cost this season after lacking a big chunk of final season by damage – he has began 32 out of Liverpool 34 league video games, plus eight out of ten Champions League matches. He has rightly develop into one of essentially the most revered centre-backs in England and has impressed his group to 21 clear sheets when on the pitch. His management and organisation might be key within the closing. 9/10.
Eder Militao (Real Madrid) – He has elevated his quantity of minutes this season after the departures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and has has been a dependable participant for Ancelotti in his again 4. Looked shaky of their semi-final win over Manchester City however succesful of doing a job when required. 7/10
Virgil van Dijk is a collossus for Liverpool whereas Eder Militao (R) is now a key determine for Madrid
Joel Matip (Liverpool) – Jurgen Klopp has been rotating the centre-back with Ibrahima Konate between competitions in current weeks, nevertheless it has been the Premier League the place Matip has discovered his toes – beginning 28 occasions this season – and after six years at Anfield, he has develop into one of Klopp’s most trusted stars after the German signed him in 2016-17. 7/10
David Alaba (Real Madrid) – Had to fill the void left behind by Ramos and has stepped up admirably since signing on a free switch from Bayern Munich final summer time. He has introduced a wealth of expertise to the Bernabeu and has made a big contribution at centre-back to assist them win LaLiga. His presence within the backline and successful mentality is important for a membership like Real Madrid. 8/10.
Joel Matip has develop into a trusted star for Liverpool whereas David Alaba provides Madrid expertise
Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – His consistency ranges since signing for Liverpool in 2017 have been nothing quick of exceptional. What an unimaginable story his career has been after becoming a member of from relegated Hull City. Has mixed forces with Alexander-Arnold to kind a devastating wing-back pair, with each delivering an enormous risk down the wing and Real Madrid ought to have their arms full. 8/10
Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) – A superb full again on his day however has suffered with horrible damage issues since he moved to Madrid. This season alone he has missed out on 14 video games because of health points, however lastly seems to be pushing on and stepping up for Madrid. He’s nonetheless managed 18 begins this season and has produced his finest kind this month. He supplied two assists within the first leg 4-3 loss to City and got here up with an important clearance off the road within the second leg. 7/10.
Andy Robertson continues his constant kind for Liverpool, and Ferland Mendy (R) is beginning to put his damage woes behind him
Thiago (Liverpool) – The Spanish midfielder might be proper up for the ultimate in opposition to the rival of his boyhood group Barcelona. He’ll know many of them effectively from the Spanish nationwide group, and Thiago can damage them together with his unimaginable passing vary, imaginative and prescient and creativity. He’s taken time to seek out his toes at Liverpool however we’re seeing one of the best of him within the latter half of this season – himself lastly in a position to make progress after a season blighted by accidents 7/10
Luka Modric (Real Madrid) – The Croatian magician continues to dazzle us and defy his age at 36. The former Tottenham and Ballon d’Or winner exhibits no indicators of slowing down after a sensational marketing campaign that has seen him decide up two targets and 9 assists in all competitions. He has the flexibility to alter a sport within the blink of an eye fixed and his help with the skin of his boot in opposition to Chelsea earned him rave critiques with pundits. 8/10
Thiago is starting to seek out his toes at Liverpool and might be up in opposition to the ageless Luka Modric
Fabinho (Liverpool) – The Brazilian midfielder seems to get higher and higher for the Reds, having steadily grown in affect since becoming a member of from Monaco in 2018. Nearly ever-present below Klopp this season, he’s one of essentially the most reliable names within the squad and has quietly gone about his business as one of the extra unsung heroes of Liverpool’s group – successful tackles and getting the group ticking. He’s performed 45 video games this season – scoring eight occasions. 8/10
Casemiro (Real Madrid) – Another tough-tackling midfielder who can not appear to go incorrect, the Brazilian has been a religious servant to Los Blancos for the final 10 seasons and has gained the lot. Casemiro has at all times been a primary alternative member of the group all through his decade on the Bernabeu and it is all all the way down to his sensible interceptions, excessive work rate and stamina. No surprise he is referred to as ‘The Tank’ in Spain. 8/10
Fabinho (L) and Casemiro have each been the unsung heroes for Liverpool and Real Madrid
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – The chief within the center of the park, Henderson has already earned iconic standing at Liverpool by surpassing legendary Steven Gerrard after lifting each the Champions League and Premier League trophy. He supplies calm and dogged shows in midfield, and whereas he may not be as technically gifted as Madrid’s top abilities, he won’t ever allow you to down. 7/10
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – Another participant who has gained the lot, having a participant of Kroos’ high quality can by no means be a foul factor, regardless that he isn’t having fun with his most excellent season with Madrid. He has three targets and three assists this season however with the technical prowess he possess he can – alongside Modric – present one thing out of nothing to bail the group out. 8/10
Jordan Henderson is the dependable management determine at Liverpool, whereas Toni Kroos (R) supplies method and imaginative and prescient in midfield
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – He may need scored simply three targets in 15 video games, however the Egyptian remains to be having fun with one of his finest ever seasons in a Reds shirt and has been integral to their probabilities of successful the Quadruple. He is on course to complete the season because the top goalscorer and top assister within the league after selecting up 22 targets and 13 assists. He has already gained the FWA participant of the season award and is in line to gather the PFA gong too. Salah would not have one of the best document in massive finals however so long as he’s on the pitch Liverpool have an opportunity of success. 9/10
Rodrygo (Real Madrid) – The man who obtained Madrid to the Champions League closing. The Brazilian has not precisely been first alternative below Carlo Ancelotti this season – beginning simply 13 video games in LaLiga and making 16 appearances off the bench, however he has nonetheless chipped in with eight targets in all competitions – and the final two he netted is perhaps a very powerful in his career. Deserves to start out the ultimate after getting rescuing them from the jaws of defeat. 6/10
Mo Salah is one of the world’s top abilities and can face Rodrygo (R) who obtained Madrid to the ultimate
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – No longer in Mo Salah’s shadow after beating his Egypt aspect with Senegal within the Africa Cup of Nations closing, Mane is aware of the way it feels to win with each membership and nation and that might be essential when he steps out on the Stade de France with Liverpool this month. His 19 targets in all competitions have boosted the membership’s cost for a number of honours and his risk alongside Salah will definitely be an enormous risk to Madrid. 8/10
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – You begin to run out of superlatives for the Frenchman. His unimaginable season has seen him internet three hat-tricks, giving him a complete of 43 strikes in 43 video games. He has been the beating coronary heart of Real Madrid’s Champions League marketing campaign, with 15 targets in 11 video games – pulling the group by matches on a quantity of events. 9/10
Sadio Mane will hope to outshine Karim Benzema (R) on the Champions League closing this month
Luis Diaz (Liverpool) – Fans and pundits alike have been singing the Colombian’s praises since becoming a member of from FC Porto in January, and his workmanlike shows up entrance have shortly pulled him into the considering of Klopp – who has a lot of dilemmas up entrance with a lot competitors. But his sensible maintain up play has earned him a daily beginning spot even when he is not on the scoresheet – although he has contributed with 5 targets and three assists up to now. 7/10
Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid) – It seems like we’re lastly seeing one of the best model of a Brazilian star so overvalued when he signed for Madrid in 2018. His aim output and closing product has typically been missing within the years since, however this season he has come alive to indicate his true high quality – with 17 targets and 15 assists general. 8/10
Luis Diaz has been spectacular since becoming a member of Liverpool in January, whereas Vinicius Jr (R) is lastly exhibiting his true high quality on the Bernabeu
Real Madrid: 83/110