Jürgen Klopp’s 24-man travelling squad for Liverpool’s Champions League final clash with Real Madrid on Saturday night.
The Reds departed Merseyside for Kiev on Thursday afternoon to begin the final stage of their preparations ahead of facing the holders.
Liverpool squad: Karius, Clyne, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Firmino, Salah, Henderson, Klavan, Moreno, Mane, Lallana, Mignolet, Can, Robertson, Ings, Solanke, Phillips, Jones, Ward, Woodburn, Camacho, Alexander-Arnold.
As the squads of the two Champions League finalists landed in Kiev, two superficially similar but deeply different mindsets were rousing them for this most elevated of occasions in the club game.
Those mindsets also reflect the deeper differences between the teams, and could yet make the difference in the game.
For Liverpool, it is the knowledge that they are inferior to Real Madrid, but that their own best quality is regularly besting such sides, with all of the belief that entails. Klopp remains confident that his squad have a good chance at winning.
For Real – the defending champions – it is that knowledge that they are a better team, the best in this competition over the last half-decade, with the complete confidence that brings. The gold-standard feat of three in a row would emboss that, and make them one of the two most successful sides in European Cup history – along with Real Madrid 1955-60.
Liverpool began their preparations for the Champions League final after touching down in Ukraine, with 12-time winners Real Madrid standing between them and their first trophy under manager Jürgen Klopp in what could be their most unlikeliest European victories yet.
It’s going to be a one of a kind Champions League Final this Saturday!
Klopp’s side face Real Madrid, arguably the biggest club in the world, Klopp will go through a maelstrom of emotions on the touchline, an animated figure who has taken Liverpool to the brink of a high not reached since that famous night in Istanbul 13 years ago.