LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL SQUAD CONFIRMED

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LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL SQUAD CONFIRMED

Today Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp named a 24-man traveling squad that includes Karius, Salah, Mane, Firmino, and Mignolet for Liverpool's Champions League final clash with Real Madrid coming up in Kiev on Saturday night.

The Reds depart Merseyside for Kiev on Thursday afternoon to begin the final stage of their training ahead of facing the current "Kings of Europe" and holders, giant Spain La Liga club Real Madrid in a fierce battle for the Champions League trophy. Will the trophy stay in Madrid or travel to Merseyside after the clash?

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Liverpool Champions League Final Squad

Karius, Clyne, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Firmino, Salah, Henderson, Klavan, Moreno, Mane, Lallana, Mignolet, Can, Robertson, Ings, Solanke, Phillips, Jones, Ward, Woodburn, Camacho, Alexander-Arnold.

After conducting a training session at Melwood this morning, Klopp, his staff, and the football players had lunch before leaving on their flight from John Lennon Airport. Upon touching down in the Ukrainian capital at around 7.30pm local time, the group will have dinner together at the hotel. Liverpool will then train on Friday evening at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, the venue for the much-anticipated showpiece match against Real Madrid.

Liverpool Training Session And Press Conference

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will lead the Reds out onto the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium pitch on Saturday evening, certain his side is the most unified that he has ever been part of. This weekend’s Champions League final will see the Reds take on Real Madrid for the right to be crowned winners of European football’s most elite club competition. Liverpool last reached the Champions League final in 2007, four years before Henderson’s Anfield career began and eight years prior to him succeeding popular Steven Gerrard as the club’s skipper. The England international talked about how their thrilling season has been driven by a strong sense of togetherness among Jürgen Klopp’s men.

“I see great togetherness, I think about how well they have done, from the first day of pre-season how well they have worked - they all deserve to be in this position to play in a Champions League final,” Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com, after being asked what he sees when he looks around the Reds’ dressing room,” said Henderson. “Every single day in training throughout the season they have given everything and you get your rewards at the end of it. To play in a Champions League final is a dream for everyone but you want to remember it for the right reasons and that’s because you’ve won it, so like I say we’ve got to keep going, keep working hard and give everything when the time comes. It’s probably the strongest team spirit I’ve been involved in. I know it’s easy for me to say that, but I think you can see that on the pitch, to be honest, and the performances. To get to the Champions League final is difficult, never easy, so I think you can see how together everybody is when people score goals and people score their first goals like the other week with Andy and Dom. I think you see how much it means to the whole team, not just the individuals, and I think that’s massively important in what we are trying to do, so we’ve got to continue that. I’m sure there will be new players coming in the summer as well, which they will be coming into a very good group of players, and hopefully, they can strengthen us to win trophies.”

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson

Liverpool has lost only once in 12 Champions League games this term, scoring 40 times in the process. Progress in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, past Manchester City and AS Roma respectively, was celebrated after full-time with joyous scenes at Etihad Stadium and Stadio Olimpico. Henderson talked about the effect of team and supporters unity to their success.

“Massive,” Henderson said. “I think you can see how close we are off the pitch that translates onto the pitch. I think the manager has got a really special group of players that he has put together in terms of talent of course, but [also] in terms of people, how they go about themselves on and off the field. We’ve worked really well together as a team and hopefully, for the next few years we can start building and become successful again.”

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“Amazing,” Henderson continued. “Not only at Anfield, where we have had some special nights, especially in the Champions League but away from home. You saw in Rome when we were celebrating with the fans, that was an amazing feeling and moment because of how the connection between the players, the club, the fans is massive really, and it’s a big part of Liverpool. The fans play a huge part in us being successful as a team. They have played a big part in getting us to the final and the nights at Anfield, it’s so hard to describe how you feel as a player walking out there to them singing You’ll Never Walk Alone. To put on the performance that we did makes it a lot easier because they were outstanding so hopefully they can travel in their numbers to Kiev and make it a special place there.”

Klopp said recently that Henderson and his teammates could be ‘remembered in 500 years’ if they were to become the sixth team in Liverpool’s history to lift the European Cup. Earning a prominent place in Liverpool's glorious history appeals to Henderson.

“That’s what we are trying to do, create our own history,” said Henderson. “We are a fantastic team with some great players and a world-class manager, so we want to create our history by winning trophies - and that’s what you get judged on at the end of the day, being successful. And then in 20 or 30 years’ time, hopefully people can look back on this team and say how good it was and how special it was what they achieved.”

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Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were Liverpool's top goal scorers in the 2017-2018 Champions League 

Mo Salah broke the Premier League record with the most goals in a 38-game season. Egyptian Salah paid tribute to his Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. 

"From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him."

 

Liverpool are the top-scoring club in this season's Champions League competition, with their dtnamic trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.

Champions League 2017-18 Top Scorers at Real Madrid & Liverpool

1 Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid 15 Goals scored, 3 Assists

2 Roberto Firmino, Liverpool, 10 Goals scored, 7 Assists

3 Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, 10 Goals scored, 4 Assists

4 Sadio Mané, Liverpool, 9 Goals scored, 1 Assists

Olimpiysky Stadium

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool’s Mo Salah may have the next one. Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer, having scored an amazing total of 120 goals, as well as Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the Champions League competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored more club goals than Ronaldo this season. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield scoring 43 goals - 10 in the ChamPions League to become just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40+ goals in a single season while winning additional personal accolades. If the twenty-four year-old-Egyptian Salah can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize, the Ballon d'or, may be his next prize.