Paul Ince: Why Liverpool FC shouldn’t be worried about Real Madrid
The Liverpool FC legend says Real Madrid should be worried about Jurgen Klopp's side
Paul Ince insists Real Madrid need to worry about Liverpool FC in the Champions League final – and not the other way round.
The Champions League holders will look to win the competition for the third successive season and for the fourth time in the past five campaigns.
Liverpool FC have been billed as Real Madrid’s weakest opponents in the past three seasons following victories over derby rivals Atletico Madrid and Serie A giants Juventus.
However, the Reds set a new Champions League record this season with an incredible 46 goals in 14 games, including a 6-4 aggregate win against Hoffenheim in the playoff round.
Liverpool FC were the last team to beat Real Madrid in the European Cup final following Alan Kennedy’s winner in a 1-0 victory over los Blancos in Paris in 1981.
Former Reds skipper Ince believes Real Madrid have more to worry about in the Champions League showpiece than Liverpool FC.
“Liverpool deserve to be in the Champions League final because they’ve taken risks,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“They’ve not been conservative and they’ve consistently stayed true to their style of play.
“After their win against Manchester City, we really saw a statement of intent from them – I think deep down everybody expected City to win it – but Liverpool humiliated them.
“Going into the final, in my eyes, Real Madrid should be worried about Liverpool and not the other way around.
“Jurgen Klopp’s side beat the best side in the competition in Man City and have consistently looked like the top performers.”
Saturday night’s showpiece in Kiev will be Liverpool’s 20th Uefa final.
In addition to their seven European Cup appearances, they are three-time winners of the Uefa Cup/Europa League (1973, 1976, 2001), losing the 2016 final, and won the Uefa Super Cup in 1977, 2001 and 2005.
Liverpool FC beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul in 2005 before a 2-1 loss to the Italian giants in Athens two seasons later.