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How Liverpool and Real Madrid lined up for fierce 2018 Champions League final

WE have a score to settle”. Six words of pure fighting talk from Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah ahead of the Champions League final.

But the Egyptian has every reason to have extra incentive to help his Reds thump Real Madrid and make it a cup Treble this season.

Four years ago, almost to the day, Liverpool took on Los Blancos in the 2018 Champions League final LEES DEIDRE SE STORIES.

Two of Europe’s most-successful clubs ever, the match was always destined to be hotly-contested.

But after just half an hour, disaster struck as Sergio Ramos cynically dragged Salah to the ground, with the Liverpool man suffering a nasty shoulder injury in the process.

Liverpool‘s leading man was forced off, replaced by Adam Lallana, before Real Madrid went on to win 3-1.

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And ahead of the 2022 showpiece in Paris, Salah fired a warning to the LaLiga champions, simply saying: “We have a score to settle.

Three things stick out in the memory of every football fan following that evening: The Salah-Ramos clash, Loris Kariuspair of howlers and Gareth Bale’s magic.

In a cagey first half, both Dani Carvajal and Salah went off injured, before Karim Benzema scored early in the second-half after Kariusfirst blunder saw him throw the ball right at the Frenchmanwho could simply tap into an empty net.

Sadio Mane restored parity just minutes later, before Bale was introduced by Zinedine Zidane to replace Isco.

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The Welshman scored a sensational overhead kick just two minutes after stepping onto the pitch to put Real ahead once more.

And Bale clinched victory with less than ten minutes to play as his swerving long-range effort was spilled by Karius into his own net.

For Liverpool, the match was a blessing in disguise, met Jurgen Klopp biting the bullet and splashing out on then-Roma stopper Alissonwith the Reds since transformed.

Intussen, Karius is back at Liverpoolbut will get nowhere near the team as Klopp’s FIFTH-CHOICE stopper.

Liverpool’s XI that fateful night hasn’t changed too muchwith the core of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Salah and Mane in tact.

But the Redssquad has been hugely improved in the past four years with Alisson replacing Karius and Joel Matip or Ibrahima Konate coming in for Dejan Lovren.

Harry Kane is gereed om £160 miljoen na City te skuif nadat Spurs se baas ingestem het om hom te laat gaan, Thiago and Fabinho are winning their race to start the gamewith James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum taking the field for the 2018 finaal.

In attack, Luis Diaz or Diogo Jota will likely start ahead of Firminowho played the full 90 minutes in Kyiv.

But Real Madrid also boast a familiar corewith Carvajal, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro and superstar Benzema all still key figures in the 2021-22 team under Carlo Ancelotti.

Ramos has joined Paris Saint-Germain while Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane are both at Manchester United.

The likes of David Alaba and Vinicius Jr have come in to replace those big names, with Thibaut Courtois now between the stick ahead of Keylor Navas.

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But who will come out on top on Saturday night in the French capital? Will it be record 13-times champions Real or six-time winners Liverpool?

We’ll find out soon with kick-off in Paris at 8pm on Saturday May 28.