Martin Keown states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Real Madrid

The Arsenal legend is backing Real Madrid to beat Liverpool FC in the Champions League final

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Martin Keown believes Real Madrid are favourites to beat Liverpool FC and win their 13th Champions League title.

The Reds were 5-2 winners against Serie A giants AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final last month.

Liverpool FC lost 4-2 to the Italian side at the Stadio Olimpico but progressed thanks to a 7-6 win against AS Roma.

The Merseyside outfit will face the defending champions Real Madrid in the final as los Blancos look to win consecutive titles.

Real Madrid have won the Champions League in three of the past four seasons to stamp their dominance on Europe’s top tier competition.

Former Arsenal star Keown admits that Real Madrid are the favourites to beat Liverpool FC in the Champions League final.

“I would love to see Liverpool win the Champions League,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“What they are doing is great for football – but it is so hard to bet against Real Madrid. This is their fourth Champions League final in five years.

“They keep finding a way to get the job done and have beaten some really good teams along the way.

“Had these sides met over two legs, I would have given Liverpool a better chance. Jurgen Klopp’s side could have taken Madrid apart at Anfield.

“But a one-off game in Kiev will be different. To say Real Madrid are more experienced at handling finals is an understatement — this game is becoming an annual date in the diary for them!

“How many major finals have these Liverpool players been involved in?

“As a player in your first final, there is a lot to deal with. The build-up takes forever, you have to be on the pitch earlier than normal – it feels different to a normal match.

“For the Real Madrid players, it will be a case of ‘here we go again’.”

Liverpool FC are looking to win their first Champions League title since 2005 when the Reds beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.

The Merseyside outfit lost 3-1 to Spanish side Sevilla in the Europa League final in Basel in 2015.

The 18-time English champions signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal in a world record fee from Southampton.

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