Scott Groom explains why Liverpool are confident about facing “arrogant” and “self-righteous” Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
On Saturday, Liverpool’s Road to Kiev will reach its conclusion as the Reds face Real Madrid in the Champions League final. In a repeat of the 1981 final which took place in Paris, which Liverpool won 1-0, Jürgen Klopp’s men will look to seal the club’s sixth European Cup, while Madrid are looking to get their hands on the famous trophy for the third year in a row.
Confidence in the Spanish capital is soaring, and as per a recent article in Bleacher Report, fans of Los Blancos feel like all that separates them from a thirteenth European title is 90 minutes of football. A lot of media outlets are asking which Liverpool player is going to be the key to either breaking down Real Madrid or who is going to be the one to disrupt them the most.
But the mood among Liverpool fans, on the whole, seems not to be perplexed by the hype, the opposition or the occasion.
This “mental weakness” Spanish news outlets have sounded out as the main source of Liverpool’s potential undoing is certainly not present in the fan base, and it’s something that has been eradicated by Klopp in recent times. The first-minute goal conceded against Manchester City in the quarter-final second-leg could quite easily have wobbled the Reds.
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The two late goals conceded against Roma at Anfield could’ve knocked Liverpool’s confidence going into the semi-final second-leg.
Those late goals at Roma could’ve led to a serious wobble.
Did it? Nope.
Liverpool’s run to the final has been filled with unbelievable highs, thrilling displays, goals galore and tests overcome. If we take a second to cast our eyes back all the way to the qualifier against Hoffenheim, many fans were fretful of having the toughest qualifying draw and cast a shadow of doubt as to whether a European run would even get underway. Hoffenheim were dispatched.
It’s been a similar story ever since. City, Roma, Porto – all of these threw up doubts as to if the Reds would progress. City, Roma and Porto were all dispatched.
That, is the Liverpool mindset, to dispatch teams. To smother them. To dismantle them. To find a weakness and exploit it – not the weak minded team Madrid are making Liverpool out to be. But this mentality could well be Madrid’s weakness and Liverpool’s strength.
“Liverpool will be crushed by Real Madrid’s legend,” Julian Ruiz wrote in El Mundo.
Diego Torres, writer with El Pais said: “There isn’t any sensation of fear in Madrid about Liverpool—among the directors, among the players.”
Madrid are arrogant, overly-confident, and maybe pre-empting fate and most importantly, underestimating Liverpool.
Klopp will not mind being the underdog, it might suit his side better actually. Should Madrid be too lax in their approach, Liverpool will hurt them. We’ve seen them do it to so many teams.
There have also been quotes circulating that Madrid feel they’re in for their easiest final ever and I cannot help but feel they could really be setting themselves up for a big night of disappointment.
Yes, Madrid have the experience that Liverpool lack. But what the Reds lack in experience they more than make up for in guile, hunger and excitement – and that is the mindset of Liverpool.
We’re all excited. We can’t wait. We want to get out there on the field and make this chance count. We’re not going to let the occasion undo us.
We belong in these type of games.
We are Liverpool.