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LIVE: Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid

Champions League Final

  • Thiago Alcantara fits for Liverpool
  • Ibrahima Konate preferred Joel Matip
  • Karim Benzema is the captain of Real Madrid
  • Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard named on the bench
  • The Reds want to secure the cup triple
  • Real Madrid are aiming for their 14th European Cup win
  • Carlo Ancelotti is the first coach to have led a side to five Champions League finals
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold is the youngest player in Champions League history to play in three finals

19:30 – There are still large queues outside the stadium with only 30 minutes until kick-off. Hopefully the fans will get in in time.

Sir Kenny Dalglish lays a wreath to mark tomorrow's anniversary of the Heysel disaster in which 39 Juventus fans died

Dalglish laid a wreath to mark tomorrow’s anniversary of the Heysel disaster in which 39 Juventus fans died (Nick Potts/PA)

19:25 – There will be some key fights all over the pitch tonight. Salah vs Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric vs Jordan Henderson, Van Dijk vs Benzema but Alexander-Arnold’s fight with Vinicius Jr could be key. The England right-back’s defense has come under scrutiny at times and Vinicius Jr’s pace can cause him all sorts of problems.

19:20 – A massive roar from Liverpool fans as their team rush onto the pitch to warm up.

A Real Madrid fan holds up a Kylian Mbappe jersey

Real Madrid fans still not happy with Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay at PSG (Adam Davy/PA)

19:10 – Sadio Mane will start for Liverpool and his future at the club will be announced after the game. The Senegalese forward has recently been linked with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He said: “Honestly, I think the answer I can give you now is I’m feeling really good and I’m fully focused on Saturday’s game, that’s the answer I have ahead of the final must give. But come back to me on Saturday and I’ll be sure to give you the best answer you want to hear. It’s something special. I will then give you everything you want to hear.”

18:55 – Liverpool’s team is out. Thiago is fit while Klopp has chosen Ibrahima Konate as Virgil Van Dijk’s central defensive partner ahead of experienced Joel Matip. Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has become the youngest player in Champions League history to start in three finals, overtaking Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller.

Starting grid: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Diaz, Salah, Mane.

Substitute: Kelleher, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Jota, Tsimikas, Matip, Elliott.

Liverpool fans outside Anfield

There are Liverpool fans outside of Anfield tonight (Martin Rickett / PA)

18:45 – While thousands of Liverpool fans are in Paris, there is also a sprinkling around Anfield tonight. They will all be keeping an eye on the team announcement at 7pm. Thiago Alcantara trained on Friday despite picking up an Achilles tendon problem against Wolves last week and fellow midfielder Fabinho has recovered from a hamstring problem, but outgoing striker Divock Origi will not feature with a muscle injury.

18:30 – The atmosphere builds. Ninety minutes until kick-off. Liverpool team news is not far away.

Liverpool fans go down

Liverpool fans went down (Jacob King/PA)

18:22 – Liverpool fans have promised wild celebrations if their side win tonight. A supporter named Henry Lyne, 31, told the PA news agency: “We’re on the home stretch now, I’m nervous but excited at the same time. I think we have the momentum, better team spirit and pedigree we need to get the job done. If we win, I’ll probably wander the streets of Paris singing, the city won’t sleep.”

18:04 – That’s an early team announcement from the Spanish side, ostensibly to avoid being leaked.

17:51 – Real Madrid have already announced their squad. Karim Benzema is named captain while Wales international Gareth Bale, who is out of contract in the summer, is among the substitutes.

Starting grid: Courtois Carvajal Militao Alaba Kroos Benzema Modric Casemiro Valverde Vini Jr Mendy

Substitute: Lunin, Nacho, Hazard, Asensio, Marcelo, Vasquez, Bale, Ceballos, Rodrygo, Isco, Mariano, Camavinga.

17:45 – The experts are in effect tonight. Former Liverpool players Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Steve McManaman and Peter Crouch are in the BT Sport studio alongside ex-Manchester United duo Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves.

Mohamed Salah is being treated

Mohamed Salah was injured in the 2018 final (Nick Potts/PA)

17:30 – Liverpool and Mohamed Salah in particular will be looking for revenge tonight after losing to Real in the 2018 final in Kyiv. Salah went off with a shoulder injury in the opening 30 minutes following a tackle from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale scored twice late to secure a 3-1 win for Los Blancos. However, the following year they bounced back in style, beating Tottenham 2–0 in Madrid, with Salah scoring the goal from a penalty in the second minute.

Sir Kenny Dalglish

Sir Kenny Dalglish used to be in a fan zone in Paris (Image: Jacob King/PA)

17:08 – Liverpool great Sir Kenny Dalglish previously greeted Reds fans in a fan zone. He’ll be cheering for his old club later!

16:50 – A warning to Liverpool fans on the pitch tonight. The Twitter account of Liverpool’s Merseyside Police Matchday Police wrote: “I have just been made aware of an attempted theft at the stadium. Apparently local youths are grabbing people and running away. Watch your belongings. take care of each other Take care.”

Real Madrid fans in the French capital

Real Madrid fans are also out and about in the French capital (Nick Potts/PA)

16:40 – Klopp’s opponent Carlo Ancelotti will make history tonight. The 62-year-old is the first coach to have led a side to five Champions League finals and is aiming for a record-breaking fourth European triumph as manager – a streak that includes AC Milan’s triumph over Liverpool in 2007. Not only that, remember he’s also the former boss of the Reds’ Merseyside rivals Everton!

16:20 – Real Madrid will try to spoil Jurgen Klopp’s party. The Spanish giants, this season’s La Liga champions, have produced plenty of drama en route to glory after sensational comebacks against heavyweights Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Manchester City. They also know what it takes to win the European Cup, having done it 13 times.

4:06 p.m – Thousands of Liverpool fans are in the French capital for the club’s third European Cup final in five seasons. After their quadruple attempts ended last week when Manchester City won the Premier League, the Reds are aiming for a treble this season after victories in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

Thousands of Liverpool supporters in the fan zone in Paris

Thousands of Liverpool fans were in the fan zone in Paris (Jacob King/PA)

4 p.m. – Good afternoon and welcome to the live broadcast of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Paris. Stay here for the latest from the Stade de France.

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