Xabi Alonso states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Real Madrid
Xabi Alonso looks ahead to Liverpool FC's Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid this weekend
Xabi Alonso says he is expecting a thrilling encounter when Liverpool FC take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.
The Reds are preparing to take on the Spanish giants in Kiev as they look to end their season in the best possible fashion.
Liverpool FC head into the game after having secured a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League to book their place in the Champions League for next season.
Jurgen Klopp is aiming to steer the Reds to their first trophy since his appointment at Anfield back in the autumn of 2015.
And Alonso, who played for both clubs during his decorated career, admits that he cannot wait for the showdown between the two teams this weekend.
Speaking in an interview with Liverpool FC’s website, Alonso said: “I’m absolutely looking forward to it.
“For me it’s a very special time, [they are] both two of the greatest clubs in football history, not just in recent history [but] for such a long time and to meet again after 37 years in a final, it’s great.
“I have feelings for both clubs. I was lucky enough to win this trophy with both clubs so for me it’s difficult to pick one and I will be happy whatever happens, that’s for sure. For Liverpool, for Madrid [they are in] different circumstances, but it’s such a special game.
“A final with Madrid, with Liverpool… we have seen in the Champions League, the different stages, so many unexpected things have happened so I am ready for anything and everything that can happen.
“And I have to be excited, it will be an unbelievable game to watch. That’s what I want.”
Liverpool FC are bound to be linked with a host of players in the coming weeks and months as the Reds look to build a team capable of winning the Premier League title next season.
The Merseyside outfit will be looking to assemble a squad capable of maintaining a title push next term as they bid to win the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.