John Toshack: 'My heart tells me Liverpool but my head says Madrid'

Zidane was a Champions League and World Cup winner as a player

Fans are gathering in the Ukrainian capital Kiev for the biggest event in the footballing calendar - the European Champions League final.

Victory in Kiev's Olympic Stadium on Saturday would be a fitting climax to an astonishing debut season at Liverpool for Salah.

"He's been scoring goals all this season and in all competitions - in the Champions League, in cups and in the Premier League". "They're in another orbit". It meant the bench was very rich; we had many players who could come to play well.

Mohamed Salah has been tipped to fire Liverpool to Champions League glory by Istanbul hero Luis Garcia.

I didn't see any way that a bang average Wimbledon team could trouble us going into that game at Wembley 30 years ago, but they were clever with their tactics that stopped us from playing and got the little bit of luck they needed to grind out a 1-0 win. In recent weeks, Salah could be found at news conferences promoting a cellphone company, a logistics firm and taxi service.

Between them, Messi and Ronaldo have scored close to 1200 goals and in an era of the game where defences are so well drilled and in most of their matches, the opposition have set out with plans to stop these icons every week. He helped English players come to Spain, when before they went to Italy.

Klopp's players are lucky to be at the club at a time when a team have gelled together wonderfully well and there is no reason why they can't now be crowned as champions of Europe.

"Salah is in fine shape - physically and mentally; he's hopeful, as all the players are, that Liverpool can win the final". So potent is the 33-year-old Ronaldo, he only required 43 games.

Ronaldo could win his fifth Champions League. But this is a big club, and you see it everywhere: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City.




"The club have won the competition a few times so it is the DNA of the club to win trophies. On a personal level it motivates me a lot".

"From the moment I got there, a lot of people in hospitality were Liverpool fans and they were saying 'join, please join.' It was amusing to see how big the support and fanbase of Liverpool is".

Madrid have the experience, the guile and are streetwise enough to find a way to get their way hands on their third consecutive title but there is a sneaking suspicion that they're under-estimating their opponents.

The kings of European soccer will be crowned Saturday as upstart Liverpool looks to dethrone defending champ Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final to be played in Kiev, Ukraine.

"To reach a final is not easy", Zidane reminded his critics.

"I think really important for us as players but also for the club, the supporters, I think for everyone". We must play a great game to win it.

I think this has made him a success.

"I know how I lost the finals, it didn't change my life", said Klopp, a two-time Bundesliga champion with Dortmund.

I actually told Madrid to take Steve McManaman quickly...

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