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Liverpool have the little matter of a Champions League final to contest this evening. Real Madrid are their opponents in Paris and based on the story of their campaign so far, Jurgen Klopp’s men will have to be focused in the latter stages of tonight’s match.
Carlo Ancelotti’s outfit have showcased a remarkable tendency to deliver big moments as they edge towards the final whistle in recent months. Manchester City and Chelsea have both suffered at the hands of the unusual quirk.
Madrid finished top of La Liga this season, securing the Spanish crown by finding the net 80 times. Of those 80 goals, 23 were scored after the 76th minute, equating to around 29% of their overall total.
Upon inspection of the team’s scoring across the board – once grouping 90-minute matches into 15-minute periods – their tendency to score late becomes even more clear.
Madrid scored just nine goals between the 1st and 15th minute in the Spanish top-flight, eight goals between the 16th and 30th minute, 14 goals between the 31st and 45th minute, 14 goals between the 46th and 60th minute, and 12 goals between the 61st and 75th minute.
Their peculiar habit has been even more prominent in the Champions League. Madrid have scored 28 goals in Europe’s elite tournament this term, with 11 coming from the 76th minute onwards, equating to almost 40% of their total.
In fact, just nine of their Champions League goals have been scored in the first half, and all of the numbers attached to their campaign suggest that Liverpool will have to be switched on toward the end of tonight’s clash.
Luckily for Klopp, his players have developed a reputation for doing exactly that throughout the season, certainly based on their performances in the Premier League.
The Reds conceded jus…