Germany legend Matthias Sammer sees a ‘brutal’ weapon at Liverpool’s disposal that can beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final. The Reds face Los Blancos next week.
Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on May 28th. It’s the biggest game of the season, of course, as the Reds hope to win their 7th European Cup.
Standing in their way are the most successful side in the competition’s history – trying to win their 14th. It promises to be a fantastic game, with Liverpool going for revenge against the side that beat them in 2018.
So how can Liverpool secure that revenge and take the trophy back? Matthias Sammer, who captained Borussia Dortmund’s success in 1997, talked about the game to Sport Bild.
He sees a weapon at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal that can beat Real in Paris.
“I don’t want to talk about defence, but about the quality of possession going forward: Benzema is in the form of his life,” he told Sport Bild. “It’s amazing that Vinicius has developed very well throughout the season because Real have made a change with younger players.
“This can also be seen in Rodrygo or [Eduardo] Camavinga and [Federico] Valverde.
“Liverpool display brutal flexibility and power up front with [Sadio] Mané, [Diogo] Jota, Luis Díaz and [Mohamed] Salah coming down the halfway, coming down the side and finally Mané emerging as a centre-forward.”
How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid
Sammer doesn’t even mention Roberto Firmino – perhaps the most versatile player in Liverpool’s attack. But he’s absolutely right about the power of the Reds’ front line.
Klopp can essentially shift his entire attack one way or the other depending on the game. He can play Mané, Jota and Salah as a pure goal-scoring trio who run in behind. He can add Diaz and pull Mané inside for a ridiculously dynamic trio.
Or there’s the Firmino option – the tried-and-true trio with Mané and Salah that’s brought so much success already. There are counter-attacking players, possession players and Klopp could even switch to a front-four if needed.
This is how Liverpool can beat Real. Their ability to switch things up and attack relentlessly from every angle could swing the game and it’s how the Reds can take that trophy back to Anfield.
And dare we mention the Divock Origi factor?