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  • ‘He spends a lot of time on his bum now’...

    Liverpool should not fret over the menace posed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final, according to club legend Graeme Souness. The Reds will do battle with the 12-time European champions in Kiev on Saturday for the crown, but Souness does not believe ...

    ‘He spends a lot of time on his bum now’ – Souness says Ronaldo is past his best

    Liverpool should not fret over the menace posed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final, according to club legend Graeme Souness. The Reds will do battle with the 12-time European champions in Kiev on Saturday for the crown, but Souness does not believe that the Portuguese offers the same threat as he once did. It has been billed as an encounter between the Portuguese and Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah, who managed 42 strikes for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season. But Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, is coming off his joint poorest La Liga campaign in terms of goal scoring since arriving at the club in 2009, despite netting 26 times in 27 matches, and the Scotsman has suggested that he is past his best. “He spends a lot of time on his bum now, complaining he’s been fouled, and plays the width of the box,” Souness argued to The Times. “He’s still capable of great things but, like Real, nowhere near where he was even 12 months ago.” Ronaldo, though, has been a specialist in the Champions League over the years and is the competition’s record marksman. This season, he has scored 15 times in 12 outings, though was held to a blank by Bayern Munich in the semi-finals – the first matches he had failed to score in after notching in 14 of his previous 15 in the competition, including 11 in succession. Indeed, if he were to score a hat-trick against Liverpool, he would break his own record for goals in a Champions League season, having previously accumulated 17 in the 2013-14 campaign. It is a competition that he has won on four previous occasions, including three with Real Madrid, who are seeking to defend the trophy for a second successive occasion, attempting to be the first team to do so since Bayern Munich from 1974-76. Souness won three European Cups with Liverpool between 1978 and 1984, while he turned out for the Reds on 359 occasions. He later became their manager, winning the 1991-92 FA Cup.

  • Every Champions League winner & who ...

    Real Madrid and Liverpool will contest the Champions League final this weekend. Real progressed to the final by virtue of a thrilling 4-3 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich, while Liverpool defeated Roma 7-6 in one of the most entertaining two-legged ties in recent memory. Th...

    Every Champions League winner & who has won the cup the most times in history?

    Real Madrid and Liverpool will contest the Champions League final this weekend. Real progressed to the final by virtue of a thrilling 4-3 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich, while Liverpool defeated Roma 7-6 in one of the most entertaining two-legged ties in recent memory. The two clubs have a storied history in European competition, but which clubs have won the most trophies on the continent? Who has won the Champions League & European Cup the most times? Real Madrid have won 12 European Cups and Champions Leagues, winning their first in 1956 and their most recent in 2017. They are gunning for their third straight win. Milan come in second with seven victories, while Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool all have five. A total of 22 teams have won the competition since its inception in the 1955-56 season. Every Champions League final and European Cup winner  

  • 'Seize the moment!' - Gerrard sends spec...

    Steven Gerrard has passed on a special message to Liverpool squad ahead of their meeting with Real Madrid, encouraging them to "go and deliver" and win the Champions League. The current Rangers boss won Europe's biggest prize with the Reds back in 2005 following an incredible pe...

    'Seize the moment!' - Gerrard sends special message to Liverpool squad ahead of Madrid clash

    Steven Gerrard has passed on a special message to Liverpool squad ahead of their meeting with Real Madrid, encouraging them to "go and deliver" and win the Champions League. The current Rangers boss won Europe's biggest prize with the Reds back in 2005 following an incredible penalty shootout win over AC Milan. Gerrard, seen as the main inspiration that day to help his side recover from a three-goal half-time deficit, has drawn on his past experiences to urge Jurgen Klopp's current crop of finalists to "seize the moment" and make history. He told the club's official website: "These players have an opportunity to not just change their careers but their lives in general. They are the moments that you dream of. "My message to the players would be: go and grasp it, go and seize the moment you have worked so hard for. Go and reward yourselves for the journey you have taken this club on. "You’ve got to go in with the belief and confidence; you have come this far. You’ve got to handle the responsibility of being a Liverpool player and you’ve got to go and deliver. "You’ll get plaudits and praise for getting where you are but not many people remember it if you don’t get over the line and deliver. I’m still really good friends with ex-team-mates in that team that I played with and I know what it would mean for them. I just hope they go and do it. "It’s important that they try to blank it [the hype around the game] out if they can. It’s difficult but just make sure your preparation is spot-on, you get your sleep and the right food, and everything goes well. It’s tough, because of the magnitude of the game: it’s the biggest game you’ll play in as a Liverpool player." Klopp's side defeated Roma 7-6 on aggregate to book their place in the Kiev final, while they have scored an impressive 40 goals in the competition (excluding play-off matches) this season, 10 more than Madrid. And, when asked what had impressed him post about the run to the final, Gerrard added: "The style they have done it in – the amount of goals they have scored, the quality of the goals, the movement. When we did it under Rafa [Benitez], with all due respect some games we had to grind, a lot of games we had to suffer in and just get over the line. "Our strength was mental strength, we never felt we were beaten and you had to work extremely hard to get anything out of us. This team still has the mental toughness but on the eye they look superb. "Everyone is thinking: ‘Liverpool deserve this’. They have looked the best, they have done it in style and, being a Liverpool fan, it has been brilliant to be part of."

  • Liverpool can't lose Suarez, Coutinho an...

    Liverpool great Craig Johnston said Jurgen Klopp's Reds cannot afford to lose goalscoring sensation Mohamed Salah amid links to Real Madrid. Salah has enjoyed a breathtaking maiden campaign, the former Roma forward endearing himself to the Anfield faithful with 44 goals in all c...

    Liverpool can't lose Suarez, Coutinho and Salah! - Johnston

    Liverpool great Craig Johnston said Jurgen Klopp's Reds cannot afford to lose goalscoring sensation Mohamed Salah amid links to Real Madrid. Salah has enjoyed a breathtaking maiden campaign, the former Roma forward endearing himself to the Anfield faithful with 44 goals in all competitions this season. The Egyptian star scored a record 32 Premier League goals to scoop the Golden Boot, while he also claimed the PFA Players' Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season. Salah's exploits, however, have not gone unnoticed with European champions Madrid – Liverpool's opponents in Saturday's Champions League final – reportedly interested in the 25-year-old. Former Liverpool midfielder Johnston, who won five league titles, the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield during his time on Merseyside between 1981-88, said it is vital the club keep hold of Salah, having already lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014 and Philippe Coutinho in January. "Liverpool have to keep Salah," the 57-year-old Australian said in an interview with Omnisport. "You can't lose Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and then lose Mo Salah. "A lot of people in Liverpool are in love with that man, men and women, and kids and babies. We're all in love with him. If the love of our life gets dragged away to another family before we've seen them grow up properly, you get annoyed. "Salah cannot possibly leave Liverpool." Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League this term, two points behind third-placed Tottenham but 25 points adrift of record-breaking champions Manchester City. The Reds have already signed Naby Keita from German side RB Leipzig, while more arrivals are expected on Merseyside. And Johnston believes Liverpool – with the help of some new faces – will challenge for domestic honours in 2018-19. Johnston said: "I'm shocked and delighted to see them in the Champions League final and I'm delighted to see them fourth in the league – 100 per cent they're on track. "No one is leaving. This squad has to be bolstered because I think the Scouse community has had enough of people picking off our best players. Enough already. "We're on track and the train is moving forward. We have to win as many Champions Leagues as Real Madrid."

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