Liverpool can seal best winning record in Champions League final – Liverpool FC

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 14, 2022: Liverpool supporters' banner with Robert Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah during the FA Cup Final between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium.  (Image by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

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.

Sadio Mane has 26 goals in all 57 European games for the Reds, while Roberto Firmino scored 22 goals in 64 European games for the club.

Mane has won in each of his last 3 European starts.

the hope of Germany

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates when his side reach the Final by beating Villarreal during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final between Villarreal CF and Liverpool FC at the Stadium of the Ceramics.  Liverpool won 3-2 (5-2 overall).  (Image by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

This will be Jurgen Kloppthe fourth Champions League final as coach, the same number as Marcello Lippi and Alex Ferguson.

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.

History

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: A row of Liverpool players for a group photo ahead of the UEFA Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Metropolitan Stadium.  Back row LR: goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Joel Matip, Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho', Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah.  Front row LR: Georgia Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Captain Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane.  (Image by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

Eight players are in line to play their third European Cup final in five seasons with Liverpool

These are Salah, Mane, Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Andy Robertson and Vergilio van Dijk.

Alisson is the only player to start all 12 games for the Reds in Europe this season FabinhoMane and Salah also starring in every match.

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.

Familiar faces

CARDIF, KIMRIA - Friday, June 2, 2017: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and Luka Modri?  during a training session before the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF at the Stadium of Wales.  (Image by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

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

MADRID, SPAIN - 04-05-05: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates his side's victory and progress to the UEFA Champions League Final after the UEFA Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on May 4, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.  (UEFA)

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

MADRID, SPAIN - Tuesday, November 4, 2014: Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti during the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.  (Image by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

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.

His last cup match against Liverpool saw his Everton team loses 1-0 to youth Red lineup in the FA Cup in January 2020, with Curtis Jones scoring his first goal for the club.

Tonight’s referee

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: (LR) Match officials Cyril Gringore, Clement Turpin and Nicolas Danos pose for a photo shoot during the Referees' Training Session at the Stade de France on May 27, 2022 in Paris, France.  Liverpool FC will face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on 28 May 2022. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA / UEFA via Getty Images) (Photo by UEFA)

Clement Turpin (FRA) was the fourth official in 2018 Champions League final between the two clubs.

He was in charge of last season Europa League end between Villarreal and Villarreal United Manwhich the Spaniards won by penalties.

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

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates after his side's third goal to make it 2-3 (2-5 overall) during the UEFA Champions League Semifinals between Villarreal CF and Liverpool FC at the Estadio de la Cerámica.  (Image by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

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).

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