When Liverpool takes on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday, the Reds will be attempting to win the competition’s most coveted prize for the seventh time.
As Jurgen Klopp’s Reds aim to complete an FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and Champions League treble in their 63rd and final game of 2021-22, up to 60,000 Liverpool fans – many without tickets – are expected in the French city.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, has won the competition a record 13 times, and its Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti is aiming to win it for the fourth time – the most by any manager in the tournament’s history – after managing AC Milan (2002-03, 2006-07) and Real (2013-14).
Liverpool head into their third Champions League final in five seasons on the back of the disappointment of narrowly losing out to Manchester City in the Premier League title race last weekend.
“We are all in a good mood. If you are healthy, as the boys obviously are, life gives you opportunities again and again and in this case it is the Champions League final,” said Reds boss Klopp.
The German added: “Three finals in five years is exceptional because this competition is really difficult. It is really special. We really want to give it a proper go and we will see.”
While Liverpool are looking to seal a cup treble, Real are attempting a league and European double after being crowned champions of Spain.
By steering Real to a 35th La Liga title last month, Ancelotti became the first manager to win the league in all five of Europe’s major leagues.
“Two great teams will face each other, and the one with more courage and personality will win at the end,” said former Chelsea boss Ancelotti.
The final will be decided on the day with extra time and penalties coming into play if the sides cannot be separated.