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Steven Gerrard disagrees with Gary Neville as pundits predict Liverpool v Real Madrid Champions League final

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The Champions League final is only a matter of hours away as Liverpool and Real Madrid prepare to battle it out for glory in Paris.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are the favourites to lift the trophy in Paris tonight and will be hoping to get their hands on the club’s seventh European Cup to cap a memorable season.

Liverpool have already secured two trophies this term and will be hoping to end the campaign on an ultimate high.

But Real Madrid’s players have spoken confidently of their chances of claiming silverware, with right-back Dani Carvajal stating he is unsure if Liverpool or Mohamed Salah are ‘in the mood for revenge’.

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Plenty of pundits have also been previewing the upcoming showpiece fixture, with a mixture of outcomes forecasted. Below is a round-up of what has been said ahead of the game.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool FC : “I hope they get the outcome that everyone wants, I’m getting excited for the big game. The fans are building up nicely outside the stadium, hopefully it will be a fantastic game. I predict a 2-0 Liverpool win.”

Paul Merson, Sportskeeda : “Keeping in mind all the comebacks Real Madrid have pulled off in Europe this season, this is probably a bold call but the team that scores first will win this game. Predicting a game like this is incredibly hard, but I’m going for a 2-1 Liverpool win. They’ve had a tough few weeks, but if all their players are fully fit, I think they have what it takes to get the job done.”

Jamie Carragher, The Overlap : “I’ve watched Real Madrid in the Champions League this season and they’ve lost more games in the Champions League than Liverpool have lost all season in all competitions. Real Madrid are a very good team but they’re not as good as Man City and I don’t think they’re as good as Chelsea – even though they beat both of them.

“You can spin it both ways with the spirit, the winning, the coming back, but they’ve carried a lot of luck in those games, which you need Of course, Real can win – it’s a one-off game. I just think if City or Liverpool were playing Real Madrid in a one-off game, having their team and playing near their best, they’d win the game. I’m confident.”

Gary Neville, The Overlap: “I don’t think Liverpool will win the European Cup. I’ve thought a lot about [the final in] Paris and I’ve thought about Real Madrid and why they’ve won their games, why they keep coming back.

“I look at Real Madrid’s midfield in Casemiro, Kroos, Modric – plus the two that come in late with Valverde and Camavinga – those five players drive them right from the first minute and right to the end. And Carlo Ancelotti interferes with them until the very end.”

Sergio Aguero, Stake : “I think Real Madrid have more experience overall as a club, but Liverpool have shown up well in the Champions League for the past few years. It will be close, but I think Madrid will be more confident, having played the finals before and turning around tough games in the past. That’s the edge I can point towards.

“History and experience does tilt the scales. Madrid proved it, winning their home legs with the Bernabeu being a key factor. But the final is on neutral ground so it may be more balanced. Real has had many great teams, and this is no different. Beyond the individual performances of each time, the club itself has a weight of its own. When players understand that, no matter which team they’re playing for, the weight of history becomes more present.”

Michael Owen, Daily Mail : “I think Liverpool are better than Madrid and they could blow them away. 3-1 or 3-0 is my prediction. I think they could beat them reasonably convincingly because they are an exceptional team at the minute and are too good for Madrid.”

“Madrid have just done phenomenally well to get to the final. I’m sure they believe their name is on the title what with scrapping through the group stage and then of course Chelsea was incredible how they got through that. Manchester City was just mind-blowing how they beat them as well. But I think Liverpool are so experienced and so good. They won’t want to get into a grind with them because I think Madrid are the ultimate team when it comes to know-how and winning close games.”

Patrice Evra, Read more – Liverpool FC

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