Liverpool will not be running scared when they face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League as they have the tools to beat Los Blancos.
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool are arguably the most dangerous side going forward in Europe at the moment and that is sure to be causing Zinedine Zidane some sleepless nights.
Few teams are able to move up the pitch with the same pace as Liverpool and be as clinical when pulling the trigger. Klopp has managed to combine science with art and because of that, he has built a ruthless juggernaut that is smashing through defences all over the continent.
What will be contributing towards keeping Zizou up at night is the fact that his Real side are anything but convincing at the back. Los Blancos have conceded 42 goals in La Liga in 37 games and 15 goals in 12 Champions League games. No one can doubt the pedigree of Real in Europe and they do have a knack for always finding a way but you do get the feeling their defence is always on the brink of disaster.
A mouth-watering 2018 UEFA Champions League final!
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Real Madrid’s fixtures against Bayern Munich could have gone either way and once the final whistle blew on the semi-final clash you were left wondering how Madrid managed to escape as unscathed as they did.
Some of their defending was calamitous and had James Rodriguez slotted home from point-blank range into an open net it could have opened the floodgates but he didn’t and, instead, Madrid hung on and progressed to the final. They will now go to Kiev as the fancied side at 6/5 to win the Champions League.
What both sides have in common is a defence that has the ability to ship goals in alarmingly quick time. Liverpool however, are doing what they can to address that and you have to go back to February to find the last the time they conceded at home in the league. In all competitions, Real have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 games.
Mo Salah may also be having sleepless nights during the build-up to the Champions League final but not due to anxiety but rather, excitement. The Egyptian will be chomping at the bit to get at the Madrid defence and if Liverpool arrive with the same focus and sharpness they’ve had this season, Salah will be presented with chance after chance to score.
Salah will be eyeing up the chance to be a Champions League winner before heading to the World Cup with Egypt, where it will be interesting to see if he can carry on his prolific form. Currently, bet365 has Salah at 40/1 to be the leading goal scorer at the World Cup. Having already claimed the Premier League Golden Boot, Salah will be brimming with confidence.
Golden Boot? Come here to daddy pic.twitter.com/GasYbIerEm
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 13, 2018
Paddy Power has Ronaldo at 12/1 to claim the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot so there will be interesting subplots developing during the final. The latest World Cup free bets and betting offers mean punters can claim a risk-free bet when deciding who will be the leading scorer in Russia. Both Salah and Ronaldo will be wanting to lay down a marker in Ukraine.
Liverpool may be the underdogs going into the final but they won’t be playing with any fear. Real Madrid prograre the most successful team in the history of the Champions League but have flirted with catastrophe on more than one occasion this season. Zidane’s men may have used up their lives and Klopp will be quietly confident that he has the number of his French counterpart.