While Liverpool are looking for their seventh European Cup as they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final, the club’s best ever winning record is also ready.
Liverpool could record their 50th win of the campaign tonight, their most ever in a single season.
Their previous best was 43 in 2019/20.
The Reds are three goals short of scoring 150 this season.
The Fab Three
Mo Salah has scored 31 goals this season.
Only once, in his first season (44 goals in 2017/18), did he score more in a single campaign. He also scored 31 goals last season.
In the Champions LeagueSalah has scored 34 times in 58 appearances for Liverpool.
Mane has won in each of his last 3 European starts.
the hope of Germany
Only Carlo Ancelotti, with his fifth today, appeared in more.
If Liverpool lift the trophy tonight, Germany will be the first country to produce four consecutive winning European Cup winners.
Klopp has faced Real Madrid nine times in his career, winning three, losing four and drawing two – the first six being with Borussia Dortmund.
Eight players are in line to play their third European Cup final in five seasons with Liverpool
Liverpool used 28 different players in this season’s competition, producing 11 different scorers.
Thiago’s bad record!
Thiago was on the winning side against Real once in 13 career appearances, winning twice in total.
The victory came in the Copa del Rey with Barcelona in 2012.
Marcelo, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Gareth Bale and Isco have all played in Real’s last four final victories, with Marco Asensio, Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Nacho also playing against Liverpool in 2018.
Benzema scored four goals in five appearances against Liverpool.
Modric has won nine of 13 games against Liverpool and seven of the last nine. He has not lost in the last nine.
Kroos has won four of his five games against Liverpool, drawing the other.
Bale has played 12 times against Liverpool, winning three times, including two in 2018 Champions League final, and Eden Hazard has scored seven times in 18 appearances against Liverpool in all games.
Benzema is the Champions Leaguethe top scorer this season with 15 goals, two more than Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.
The tally includes an 18-minute hat-trick against PsG in the round of 16, and he has scored three times in 26 minutes at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the quarterfinals.
By doing so he became only the fourth player in the Champions League an era to win a hat-trick in back-to-back games.
Benzema scored 16 goals against English opponents in just 22 appearances – the highest number he has scored against a single nation.
He has 87 goals in 144 European club games in his career, all but one coming from this competition.
In all games this season, Benzema has missed four of his 13 penalties – including twice in the same game at Osasuna last month.
He has scored 44 goals in his 45 games this season, averaging one goal every 87 minutes.
Ancelotti’s Liverpool League
If Real wins this game, Ancelotti will become the first coach ever to win the European Cup four times, having previously done so in 2003, 2007, and 2014.
Ancelotti has managed against Liverpool 16 times in his career, winning eight and losing five.
His teams conceded just 12 times in total. His last game was seen Everton win 2-0 at empty Anfield during the 2020/21 season hit by Covid-19.
Clement Turpin (FRA) was the fourth official in 2018 Champions League final between the two clubs.
He refereed Liverpool a third time – they won two and drew the other, the last match being the “home” stage of the draw with RB Leipzig in the round of 16 of last season, played in Budapest.
He was in charge of Real’s 3-1 win at Chelsea in the quarterfinals of this season.
The scorers of this season
Liverpool: Salah 31, Mane 23, Jota 21, Firmino 11, Minamino 10, Fabinho 8, Diaz 6, Origi 6, Keita 4, Henderson 3, Konate 3, Matip 3, Oxlade-Chamberlain 3, Van Dijk 3, Robertson 3, Alexander-Arnold 2, Thiago 2, own goals 2, Elliott 1, Gordon 1, Jones 1
Real Madrid: Benzema 44, Vinicius Jr. 21, Asensio 12, Rodrygo 9, Alaba 3, Kroos 3, Vazquez 3, Modric 3, Nacho 3, Camavinga 2, Militao 2, Isco 2, Mendy 2, own goals 2, Bale 1, Carvajal 1, Casemiro 1, Diaz 1, Hazard 1, Jovic 1, Valverde 1
* Statistical courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ ged0407).