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Jamie Carragher sends Liverpool warning before Champions League final with Real Madrid

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Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have the capabilities to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final but has raised concerns over starting slow.

Despite the Reds running out 3-1 winners over Wolves on the final day of the Premier League on Sunday, Pedro Neto stunned Anfield in the opening stages as he pounced on Ibrahima Konate’s mistake at the back.

And Champions League-winning defender Carragher has outlined the dangers of a slow start against Madrid – but feels his former club have greater quality than the 13-time record holders.

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“Liverpool have got the powers of recovery mentally,” the 42-year-old, who helped win the club’s fifth European Cup in 2005, told the Blood Red Podcast. “I never feared when that early goal went in that they wouldn’t win the game but you don’t want to be doing that too often towards the end of the season because you can see signs in the second half, where are they going to get this energy from?

“They always seem to find it, they always seem to do something to win the game but you don’t want to be chasing a game, against Real Madrid the first goal could be vital and you don’t want to be chasing a good side on a big pitch late in the season with so many games in your legs.

“That’s something Liverpool have to look at and fingers crossed they don’t concede the first goal. They (Madrid) just play in moments, I’ve watched them from the first game in the Champions League when they lost to a team called Sheriff.

“They’re not as good as Liverpool, they’ve lost as many games or more in the Champions League than Liverpool have lost all season, but they’v…

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