Jason McAteer sends advice to Liverpool FC ahead of Real Madrid final
The Liverpool FC legend wants to see Jurgen Klopp's side go for it against Real Madrid on Saturday evening
Jason McAteer has urged Liverpool FC to be ‘brave’ and go on the front foot against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.
The Reds are looking to win Europe’s top club competition for the sixth time in their history, having last lifted the Champions League trophy back in 2005.
The Merseyside outfit will come up against 12-time winners Real Madrid in Kiev as Zinedine Zidane’s side look to win the trophy for the third successive season.
Liverpool FC have scored 17 goals in the knockout stage in the Champions League so far, thank largely to the goals of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
However, the Reds have struggled defensively at times this season, although Virgil van Dijk’s world record move to Liverpool FC has significantly improved Jurgen Klopp’s defence.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder McAteer wants to see the Reds go for it against Real Madrid despite los Blancos’ obvious attacking prowess.
“In my experience of playing in finals I actually think who is the bravest runs out the winner,” said McAteer, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“In the 1996 FA Cup final against Manchester United for instance both teams froze on the day. No-one was brave enough to take the game by the scruff of the neck and say ‘right, we’re going to do what we do best’. Instead we sat back and they sat back. We countered them and they countered us. Giggsy pushed me back and I pushed Giggsy back. Nothing happened and the same went for the other side of the pitch and in the middle so consequently the strikers never got any service. It was 0-0 until the 80th minute when Cantona scored from a mistake by David James at a corner.”
“I remember getting back to the dressing room in ’96 and thinking that I didn’t play well. I didn’t do anything. All of us probably thought ‘I could have done more there if I was brave. If I got on the ball more and made things happen’. If we had given everything that day and Macca [Mc’Manaman] got on the ball and Robbie [Fowler] was doing his thing then if we had been beaten and I’d looked in the mirror knowing that I couldn’t have done anything more then I’d have been alright with that.”
“I don’t think it’s going to be like that at the weekend. There are big personalities all across the pitch. Even so in my opinion Liverpool’s best chance is to go for it.”
Liverpool FC are looking to win the Champions League for the first time since 2005 when the Reds beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.
The Reds haven’t reached the Champions League final since 2007.
Klopp’s men lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League showpiece two seasons ago.
Read the full 888sport interview with Jason McAteer, including his thoughts on Real Madrid’s ticking time-bomb in defence.