Best pictures as Liverpool train ahead of Champions League final against Real Madrid

Sport360 staff 26/05/2018
Liverpool stars in action ahead of Kiev showdown.

Liverpool trained at the NSC Olimpiyskiy stadium on Friday as they prepare for the all-important Champions League final clash against Real Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men have looked like a team-on-a-mission as they come up against Los Blancos who are targeting their third consecutive Champions League trophy.

Here, we take a look at some of the best images from the Reds’ training session in Kiev on Friday.

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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum says fans and club have been waiting for Champions League moment

Carl Markham 26/05/2018
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Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum believes the club and its supporters have been waiting for a moment like the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

It is 11 years since their last appearance in the final, a defeat to AC Milan, and 13 years since the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ when they beat a star-studded Milan side.

A number of the players featured in the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla two years ago but the clash in Kiev is on a much bigger scale.

“We’re a great club with great supporters, waiting for a moment like this. I hope we can give the club and the supporters, and of course ourselves, the win over Real Madrid,” said the Holland international.

“I think really important for us as players but also for the club, the supporters, I think for everyone.

“We worked really hard to get here during the years so it’s always good if you receive something when you’ve worked hard.”

Liverpool have lost their two previous finals under Jurgen Klopp but are now better placed than on either of those occasions to finally get over the line.

Wijnaldum admits it is hurdle they must overcome but feels the general progress being made is equally important.

“I don’t feel we play with that pressure that we came close,” he added.

“We’re just building something and we just hope we get better every year.

“We know how difficult it is to win the Premier League or the FA Cup because you have so many good teams.

“Take Manchester City as an example, they only lost two games this season and I don’t know how many they drew? Four? So only in six games you can drop points. That’s unbelievable.

“If you want to compete with them, you have to win almost all of your games. That’s really hard. We just want to work to that level to compete with teams that do this.”

Even if Liverpool win the Champions League, Wijnaldum said that does not necessarily mean success will come easier.

“It’s not a guarantee if you win this,” he said.

“You will be rewarded for the hard work you did before. I think it’s more like that than to say: ‘Oh, we won the Champions League, now we can win (the Premier League)’. It’s easy to say.”

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Liverpool mayor hopeful of arranging transport for fans unable to reach Kiev for Champions League final

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Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has said he is “working really hard” to help football fans who face missing the Reds’ showdown with Real Madrid in Kiev due to a fiasco over flights.

Around 1,000 fans were left high and dry when operator Worldchoice Sports cancelled three flights because it did not have sufficient landing slots at Boryspil Airport.

Mr Anderson said he was working with Kiev’s mayor – former boxer Vitali Klitschko – to find a solution for all those who face missing out.

In a minute-long video posted on Twitter on Friday, he said: “We’ve had more discussions this morning with Mayor Klitschko and also the director of the airport.

“Now they’re trying to do a couple of things for us – they’re trying to look and see if we can use an airport nearby either to get an airbus in there or some smaller crafts either today or tomorrow.

“We are trying to help as much as we can but we’ll try and keep you updated, so just stay tuned and we’ll try and update you again shortly.”

A few minutes later he posted an update saying his team was in talks with a carrier that could possibly lay on two or three flights from John Lennon Airport to Kiev on Saturday, arriving in the early evening.

A giant replica of the UEFA Champions league trophy

He said: “The mayor [of Kiev] has said he will lay on transport to take people to the grounds which is about 40 minutes away. That’s what I’m hoping. I can’t confirm or promise anything 100 per cent.”

Worldchoice Sports said due to so many flights heading to Ukraine ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Madrid, Boryspil Airport had been unable to allocate times for the three planes.

In a statement tweeted on Friday, it said it had been able to utilise one of the slots it had booked but it would have been on a different date and for three nights instead of one night.

“With no accommodation in Kiev being available it was decided that in such a short space of time it would not be possible to utilise this slot and risk the safety of our customers,” they said in a statement.

“We can’t apologise to our customers enough about the situation they find themselves in. We feel terribly let down by Kiev airport and can assure all customers affected will be getting a full refund over the next seven days.”

Disappointed fans took to Twitter to express their disgust at the lack of information they had received.

Leah Robinson posted: “Arranging & selling overpriced flights before any guarantee that you could fly into kiev in the first place. Scum bags!”

Wade Upton wrote: “Just spoke to @Worldchoicepo customer service – 100% blaming Kiev airport. Allocated too many slots to private jets to make more money @Vitaliy_Klyschko

“They also say @mayor_anderson is lying about the additional slots available and is spinning the Pr line. 0% chance of going.”

Financial adviser Jason McGimpsey, 43, was looking forward to the trip of a lifetime but was told on Thursday his flight was cancelled.

He said: “Worldchoice Sports had been stalling on giving us e-tickets and exact departure times and it’s become clear why that was the case, now finally they’ve said ‘we’ve cancelled it’.”

“I’ve been offered a refund but it doesn’t go anywhere near compensating me for what I’ve lost.

“For various personal reasons I was unable to go to the finals in Istanbul or Athens. I go to practically all Liverpool games and I haven’t missed a home game in nearly four years. This was the biggest game of my life.”

“Games like this come along every 10 years if you’re lucky, I should be excited and instead I’m just gutted.”

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