Liverpool v Actual Madrid: How do the Champions League finalists examine?
Liverpool have reached their eighth European Cup remaining the place they may face Actual Madrid in a repeat of the 1981 showpiece, which the Reds gained 1-0.
However this time, they face a staff who’ve probably the most victories within the competitors and have gained three of the previous 4 Champions League titles.
So how do the 2 groups, their managers and their gamers examine?
Who does European historical past favour?
Liverpool’s 5 European Cup wins from seven appearances imply they’re probably the most profitable English staff within the competitors’s historical past, however present holders and 12-time winners Actual have been victorious of their previous six Champions League finals.
Since profitable the German Cup with Borussia Dortmund in 2012, Jurgen Klopp has misplaced two German Cups, a 2013 Champions League remaining towards Bayern Munich, and the 2016 League Cup and Europa League finals with Liverpool.
Against this, Actual boss Zinedine Zidane has gained all six main finals his staff have contested – two Champions League finals (2016 and 2017), two Uefa Tremendous Cups and two Fifa Membership World Cups.
Liverpool followers could select to give attention to their earlier document towards Actual, nevertheless. Along with the 1981 remaining win, victories have additionally come within the Champions League knockout levels in 2008-09, though there have been two group-stage defeats in 2014-15.
How do the assaults examine this season?
Actual ahead Cristiano Ronaldo is the main scorer on this season’s Champions League, however Liverpool have shared the goalscoring load, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane chipping in with 29 targets mixed.
That makes them the best scoring trio for a membership in a single season, overtaking Madrid’s Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, who managed 28 between them in 2013-14.
Salah, Firmino and Mane have been in damaging type this season, scoring and helping 127 targets between them in all competitions.
That compares favourably to Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema, who’ve managed 91 targets and assists this time period.
What about the primary strikers?
Salah, who joined Liverpool from Roma for £34m final summer season, has been a revelation this season scoring 43 targets in all competitions, with some commentators suggesting he needs to be up there with Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi within the reckoning for this yr’s Ballon d’Or.
However the 25-year-old Egyptian has loads of catching as much as do to succeed in Ronaldo’s formidable Champions League complete of 120, which makes him the competitors’s main scorer.
Worth versus expertise
Salah’s enchancment this season has seen his switch worth rocket, based on the CIES Soccer Observatory, who price him at £148m, making him probably the most helpful participant on both staff.
Ronaldo’s corresponding worth takes into consideration his higher age, at 33.
The worth of the Liverpool and Actual squads is predicated on the 18 gamers chosen for his or her respective semi-final second legs this week.
Social media may not matter on the pitch come 26 Could, however a 13th Champions League title for Actual can be well-received amongst their large world fan base.