Why Liverpool could win the CL final
The similarity to the 2018/19 Champions League-winning campaign is that domestically Liverpool are chasing a rampant Manchester City, and it seems that having such an objective always brings the best out of Jürgen Klopp’s team. When they hit top form, and everything works in devastating harmony, it’s hard to see anyone coping with them.
Liverpool Uefa ranking: 2
Liverpool European Cup wins:
1976/77, 1977/78, 1980/81, 1983/84, 2004/05, 2018/19
Last season: quarterfinals (L 1-3 agg v Real Madrid)
Last final: 2018/19 (W 2-0 v Tottenham)
Liverpool’s Champions League Campaign 2021/22
Record: W10 D1 L1 F30 A13
Top scorer: Mohamed Salah (8)
Semifinals: 5-2 agg v Villarreal
Quarterfinals: 6-4 agg v Benfica
Round of 16: 2-1 agg v Inter
Group B: winners
Liverpool have faced stiff competition, which makes it even more impressive that they sport a near-perfect record: 12 games and just one loss in the round of 16 second leg against Inter. In fact, it was only the Nerazzurri who consistently troubled Klopp’s side, at least until a nerve-strewn first-half display in the second leg of their semifinal against Villarreal. The way the Reds bounced back was a statement in itself, however.
How do Liverpool play?
Klopp rarely deviates from his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation – a system that has served the Reds wonderfully well since the German’s arrival in 2015. Their high-intensity pressing has been refined in recent seasons – with a little help from smart acquisitions such as Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz – but it remains just as effective. At their best, they are arguably Europe’s finest side.
Who is The Reds key player?
Mohamed Salah. The Egypt forward has been the face of this Liverpool side since arriving from Roma in 2017. A star at Basle, he first landed in England with Chelsea in 2014 but has proved a major talent on Merseyside, his pace, intelligence and finishing helping him bag 33 Champions League goals for the club.
Who is Liverpool coach?
Jürgen Klopp. The Reds boss since 2015, Klopp guided the Reds to continental glory in 2018/19 and to their first English title in 30 years the next season. A striker turned defender at Mainz, he masterminded two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund before heading to Anfield.
Did you know?
The Reds have been European champions six times – more than any other English team. That is as many titles as Bayern, with Milan and Real Madrid the only clubs to have won more.
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