Frank Lampard sends warning to Liverpool FC about Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Real Madrid clash
The Chelsea FC legend warns Liverpool FC about the perils of switching off against Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid
Frank Lampard has warned Liverpool FC that they can’t afford to switch off against Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
The Reds will take on the current holders in the Champions League final in pursuit of a sixth European Cup crown but a first trophy under manager Jurgen Klopp.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are looking to win the competition for the third successive season and a fourth Champions League title in five seasons.
Ronaldo became the first player to score in all six group games in the current campaign and the Portugal international netted nine goals overall.
He carried his form into the knockout stage after he scored in each leg of both the last 16 and the quarter-final but failed to get on the score sheet in the semi-final against Bayern Munich.
Former Chelsea FC star Lampard believes the Reds need to remain alert against Ronaldo or else pay the price given the Portugal international’s incredible goal record.
“Ronaldo has found the net 18 times in 25 finals, so Liverpool will have to be on their guard too,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.
“You expect him to turn up in these big games; he always affects them. Yes, he’s had a bit of a dip this season, that’s natural. What’s not natural is how few dips he’s had over the years. You can go on about Ronaldo forever, his all-round ability is fantastic.
“Liverpool can’t afford to switch off for a second. These days he can be quiet for periods, yet he’s always waiting for that bit of freedom, that mistake.”
The only player to have bettered the Real Madrid star’s current total is Ronaldo himself, with 17 goals in 2013/14 and 16 in 2015/16.
Ronaldo’s two goals against Juventus made him the first player to score in three UEFA Champions League finals, following his goals in 2008, for Manchester United FC, and 2014.