Frank Lampard states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Real Madrid
The Chelsea FC legend refuses to rule out the prospect of Liverpool FC beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday
Frank Lampard is refusing to discount Liverpool FC’s chances of beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
The Reds will take on the current holders in the Kiev showpiece as Jurgen Klopp looks to become the first manager since Rafael Benitez to guide Liverpool FC to a European trophy.
The Spanish head coach led Liverpool FC to the Champions League title in 2005 after the Reds came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.
Liverpool FC lost 2-1 to AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2007 before Klopp’s side suffered a 3-1 loss to La Liga outfit Sevilla in the Europa League final in 2015.
The Merseyside outfit have scored 46 times in 14 games in the Champions League this season to make the Reds the competition’s leading goal-scorers.
Real Madrid are looking to win a third successive Champions League title and a fourth European crown in five seasons.
Former Chelsea FC star Lampard believes Liverpool FC’s “freshness” makes Klopp’s team a dangerous outfit.
“One of the big differences between the two sides is the lack of experience playing in the European Cup Final,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.
“This is the fourth time in the last five years that Real Madrid have got here and, of course, they won it in 2014, 2016 and 2017. None of the Liverpool squad have reached this stage here before, but I don’t think that will be an issue.
“There is something to be said for the freshness in Liverpool and how they have exploded in the Champions League. It makes them just as dangerous as their opponents.
“You have to remember they still have strong men in that dressing room, players like Virgil van Dijk at the back, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, people who have been around the block. They know the script, they know the game.
“You also question whether Real Madrid are quite the force they have been in recent years; their La Liga form this term has shown that. It will come down to the performance on the night, as finals always do.”
Liverpool FC finished in the Premier League’s top four in successive seasons to continue their participation in the Champions League.
The Reds signed Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.