Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Liverpools Mohamed Salah to observe fast during Champions League final?

Liverpools Mohamed Salah to observe fast during Champions League final?

Liverpool will attempt to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's recent dominance in the Champions League when the sides meet in Saturday's final in Kiev, with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting experience is not everything.

A number of the players featured in the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla two years ago but the clash in Kiev is on a much bigger scale.

A Champions League final is uncharted territory for the Liverpool squad, if not manager Jurgen Klopp who finished as a runner-up with Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 final. "I hope we can give the club and the supporters, and of course ourselves, the win over Real Madrid", said the Holland global.

"We have had now two weeks to prepare that game and everything is clear". "Comparing players with Ronaldo and Messi is something you can't do, they're in another orbit", Ramos said.

"Any player who arrives at this club, they want to play in these games, they want to be under this kind of pressure, they want to get trophies", he said. "That's the plan of course", Klopp said.

Madrid, record-setting 12-time winners, has appeared in the final four of the past five years.

Having attended last season's Champions League decider in Cardiff, the approach was not a formal one.

The goals of Mohamed Salah have helped the English side reach their first final in 11 years, but this has been a golden era in Europe for Real.

Liverpool are ranked joint third overall with five European Cups but have not been in a final since losing 2-1 to AC Milan in 2007, last winning the trophy in 2005 on penalties after a remarkable fightback against the same club.

"Other players maybe need to be tense, for myself I like to look around, embrace it and then when we are in the tunnel - full focus". "If you like to compete and want to work hard you can achieve what we are doing".

Egyptian global Salah has arguably been the stand-out performer across Europe this season, leading a reshaped Liverpool front-line after the exit of Coutinho in January.

While Madrid and Liverpool are contesting the biggest prize in club football, they were far off the pace in their home leagues. Because we have the games we had in the Champions League, the most exceptional run to the final, the most goals, I can not believe that it is true... but it's us. "You hope to be in the final, like everyone else that starts this campaign, but to actually be in it is fantastic and hopefully it can be even better".

"From a neutral's point of view I'm really looking forward to it", he said.

Juve were the favourites and we knew that we needed to upgrade our level to go against them and win.

"I have no clue how it will feel when I go to the next final".

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