Liverpool can win midfield battle against Real Madrid in Champions League final, says Gary McAllister

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Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister believes the Merseysiders are capable of winning the all-important midfield battle against Real Madrid‘s star-studded side in Kiev on Saturday night.

The likes of Jordon Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum have been integral for Jurgen Klopp’s men this term – and McAllister, who won five trophies with the Anfield club in 2001, is confident they will fare well against the likes of Isco, Casemiro and Luka Modric.

Watch the Scot, and recently-appointed Rangers assistant manager, have his say on the Champions League final in the video above.


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

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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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