Xabi Alonso can not choose who he wants to win Champions League final

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The 2005 Champion League-winning Liverpool team

The Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool promises to be an enthralling affair for fans and neutrals alike.

The Spanish giants have dominated the Champions League in recent years and will be confident of claiming their third successive title.

"We scored the most goals in the history of the Champions League this year". And the closing stages of games is when Liverpool have shown to be their most vulnerable, leaking five of the 13 goals they have conceded in the competition during the final 15 minutes. "So far, it was just outstanding".

Real go into the game as favourites, as Zinedine Zidane aims to secure his third European title in charge of Los Blancos.

'I feel really attached to both Liverpool and Madrid.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, emphasised the scale of the challenge facing his side, who are seeking to prevent Madrid from becoming the first team in the Champions League era to win the competition three times in succession. "I can't imagine that", added the coach, who has welcomed Emre Can back into his squad.

While Gareth Bale is unlikely to make Zidane's line-up, how will the Liverpool midfield cope against Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, their central defence against Ronaldo?

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For a team that had to win in their last league match in the previous season to ensure qualification for the Champions League, Liverpool have come a long way to be playing in Kyiv tomorrow. That would equal the individual record, and leave him in sight of yet another Ballon d'Or.

"None of us is selfish or only wants to score. It would be incredible", defender Raphael Varane told Madrid sports daily Marca. We don't have a lot of stars but they became superstars this year.

"They are much more experienced than we are", he told BT Sport.

The build-up to the game itself has been overshadowed by complaints from fans of both sides that getting to Kiev - and finding accommodation there - has been too expensive.

"No matter what happens on Saturday, two-nil down or three-nil down, we will come back, but if we lose they will have deserved to win it".

'When we got into the tunnel, we could hear the Liverpool fans so that gave us a big boost, ' Alonso said.

Those tickets will - officially at least - be sold to locals, but those coming from afar at great cost will at least be hoping the match itself lives up to its billing.

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