Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool don't go into Champions League final as underdogs

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Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool have every chance of toppling Real Madrid in the Champions League final and shouldn’t be labelled as underdogs for the Kiev showdown later this month.

The Kop hero, who was appointed manager of Glasgow Rangers on May 4 in his first big job in the dugout, feels his boyhood club have earned the right to stand toe-to-toe with Los Blancos, a side that are going for a hat-trick of consecutive triumphs.

“I think we’ve got a really good chance, I wouldn’t say on current form we’re going into the game as underdogs,” the 37-year-old said at a LFC World event presented by Standard Chartered on Thursday at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi.

“But, I suppose, Jurgen Klopp and the boys will want to go in as underdogs because it takes a little bit of pressure off.

“I think the form they’ve been in, how they’ve performed in the last two games against Roma, especially with Mo Salah (how he’s been playing), I think we go in with every confidence and belief that we can get the job done.”

Gerrard, of course, captained and inspired the Merseysiders to that famous comeback victory over AC Milan in the 2005 European Cup final, and feels that the Reds will go into the game with the same belief that Rafael Benitez’s men showed in the second-half in Istanbul.

He added: “We were the underdogs and rightly so against a fantastic Milan side, we went in with confidence and belief and you never give up. I’ve experienced it, you can beat them.”

After the completion of his commitments with Liverpool and broadcaster BT Sport this month, Gerrard’s four-year deal at Ibrox begins in earnest on June 1.

He will start his first foray into first-team football management alongside newly-appointed No.2 Gary McAllister.

The former Scotland midfielder is currently with Gerrard in Dubai until Sunday where the duo will be joined by Steve McManaman on-stage at Barasti to take part in a question and answer session and watch the Reds’ final day of the season clash with Brighton.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for myself and Gary really,” Gerrard said when recalling the past seven days.

“It was obviously a very exciting opportunity for myself to manage and the rest of the staff we’ll take with us. We are really looking forward to the challenge, it’s big and has come really quickly since I started coaching with the Liverpool youth sides.”

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Mohamed Salah urged to leave Liverpool before Real Madrid transfer disappears

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been urged to make a blockbuster move to Real Madrid by former Egypt international Hany Ramzy.

Salah has been in phenomenal form for the Reds this season with his 42 goals in all competitions helping to propel Jurgen Klopp’s side into a top-four spot domestically and into a Champions League final with Real on May 26.

Naturally, the rumour mill has hit overdrive with Los Blancos set for a huge spending spree in the summer and media outlets perpetually linking Salah with a move despite having only joined Liverpool from Roma last summer.

However, Ramzy, who coached the 25-year-old when in charge of Egypt’s under-23s team, is adamant now is the right time to make a step up.

“For him, it’s time. It’s (the) right time to transfer or to go to Real Madrid, especially because I think Real Madrid, (the) way they play… (it could) be a very, very good transfer for Salah, because he make(s) everything this season with Liverpool,” Ramzy explained.

“He was (their) best player, he was the top scorer and if he wait(s) until next year maybe he has not the chance (to move).”

Check out the clip below to hear more from Ramzy on his former charge…

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Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal hoping to be back for Liverpool final

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Dani Carvajal is dealing with an injured hamstring.

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal is keen to play make his return and play in the Champions League final on May 26.

The right-back injured his hamstring during Los Blancos’ first leg tie against Bayern Munich but says he has resumed to light training now.

“I have already started to play with the ball and I feel fantastic,” he told an audience at Francisco de Vitoria University, as quoted by Marca.

The 26-year old though is in no rush to push recovery and believes that could be risky.

“I have been without pain for days and I have my mind set on Kiev.

“I won’t take even the smallest risk.”

Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool will be Real’s opponents in the final as the Whites aim for a third consecutive European crown.

Mohamed Salah celebrates in Rome.

Carvajal though believes the Reds are not just a one-man team dependent on Mohamed Salah.

“No team reaches a Champions League final with only one player.

“They have done very well and their path has not been easy, they are there on their own merits and it will be a very exciting final.”

Zinedine Zidane‘s men will be bringing a 13th Champions League trophy to the club, if they manage to get past Liverpool and the Spaniard is proud to be part of Real’s recent successes.

“It is clear that this is a wonderful cycle for us,” said Carvajal.

“It isn’t easy to reach the final of the Champions League and it is clear that the club have been managed very well.

“We have had fantastic squads and we are in a winning team, hopefully claiming the 13th.”

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