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Liverpool's final two games: Slim margins between success and regret

16 May 2018

Madrid, looking to win the European Cup for a record-extending 13th time, take on five-time champions Liverpool who are playing in their first final since 2007. The final will surely be a thriller as Los Blancos boasts of attacking style of play, while the other - the English side - has a strong defensive line.

Victory for Liverpool meant it didn't matter what fifth-placed Chelsea did at Newcastle, but they failed to put any sort of pressure on the Champions League finalists by succumbing limply to a 3-0 defeat at St. James's Park.

Mo Salah could yet write one final crowning chapter in what has been a phenomenal season for Liverpool's Egyptian global. The clash has not just created abuzz on the field, but miles across the final's venue, here in Goa. "To enjoy it we had to win it".

"I see a lot of kids becoming cynical and opting out at early ages or maybe they have been told they aren't good enough at an early age".

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Boss Mauricio Pochettino has appeared to challenge Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to match that spending this summer and "take risks" while also suggesting the club need to review their strategy if they want to start winning trophies.

Liverpool will head into the final as underdogs, despite their performances in seeing off Porto, Manchester City and Roma en route, against a Real side who beat Atletico Madrid in 2016 and Juventus previous year.

"[Real have] good players, good team".

Solanke, 20, scored his first goal for Liverpool on Sunday since his free transfer from Chelsea last summer.

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He said: "They've had Champions League games, they've played in big semi-finals, big quarter-finals, they've had games in between".

"Some people have asked me if two weeks is too long and I say: "no, it is perfect", Klopp said. "We are lucky that we can give them one if we win".

"This season we have shown some absolutely fantastic games and have had some of our biggest games to date with our UEFA Champions League viewing figures up by 47% this season".

"But then we saw that same intensity when Real played Celta on Saturday; that's why this game seems like a coin flicked in the air for me. We'll see if we can both continue it next season".

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Liverpool's final two games: Slim margins between success and regret