We are down to the final showdown of the UEFA Champions League season 2021-2022 as Real Madrid and Liverpool are set to lock horns in the Final at Stade de France. Here we have everything about Real Madrid vs Liverpool, date, time, venue, team news, probable lineup, stats, and how to watch the UCL Final.
When and Where is Real Madrid vs. Liverpool?
The UEFA Champions League Final 2022 between Real Madrid and Liverpool will be held at Stade de France in front of a huge crowd of 80,698.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool will go underway on Saturday, 28 May 2022, at 7:00 pm GMT, which is 3:00 pm ET, and 8:00 pm BST.
The two top guns in European football this season, Real Madrid and Liverpool, have made it all the way to the UCL Final. The La Liga Champions Real Madrid will square off Liverpool to grab their 14th Champions League glory. Two English cup winners this season, Liverpool will seek revenge for their UCL Final 2018 defeat against Real Madrid.
The word ‘Miracle’ has been the headlines of Real Madrid this season in the UCL. They pulled an incredible comeback in the 2nd leg of the Round of 16 against PSG after losing the first leg.
They beat Chelsea in the quarter-finals by 5-4 goals on aggregate into extra time, after seeing them a goal behind with 15 minutes left on the clock in the 2nd leg.
Real Madrid pulled the ultimate comeback in the semi-finals against Man City. They scored two goals at 90′ and 90+1′ respectively in the 2nd leg to push the match into extra time. They won the tie by 6-5 goals on aggregate from there to reach the Final.
The English giants Liverpool have played the highest possible number of games this season; they have reached 3 Cup finals and chased Man City till the final day of the EPL. The Reds have already won two cup finals this season, the FA Cup and the EFL Carabao Cup.
Juergen Klopp’s men will take on Real Madrid on Saturday to get their hands on their 7th UCL title and try to be the second most successful team jointly with AC Milan.
Liverpool overcame the group of death this season in the UCL containing Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, and FC Porto. Then they beat Inter in the round of 16, Benfica in the quarter-finals, and a spirited Villarreal side in the semi-finals to reach the Final.
Liverpool are coming into the final with a massive 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Real Madrid, meanwhile, have lost four of their last 15 matches in all competitions. However, the recent form will count for little when the whistle blows at Stade de France on Saturday night.
Saturday’s Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Stade de France will be the rematch of the UCL Final 2017-2018 season when Real Madrid beat Liverpool by 3-1 goals to lift the trophy.
Team News, Injury Update, and Probable Lineup:
Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp has received crucial injury boosts ahead of the UCL final. Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara have reportedly recovered from their injuries and trained with the team. They are set to start the final match against Real Madrid. Fabinho had taken a knock in the EPL against Aston Villa on May 10. The attacking midfielder Thiago suffered an injury in the final matchday of the EPL against Wolves.
Final training session ✅
Tomorrow, we play 👊 #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/3L6BM4w1Y4
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 27, 2022
Liverpool Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz
Real Madrid don Carlo Ancelotti has received injury boosts too. David Alaba, who missed the last 6 matches for Real Madrid, will be available for selection against Liverpool. Otherwise, Real Madrid will play with a fully-fit squad.
Real Madrid Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
Key Players to Watch:
Karim Benzema, the top scorer in the UCL this season with 15 goals, will be the most crucial man for Real Madrid in the Final. He has scored 10 goals in the knockout stages including a second leg hat-trick against PSG in the Round of 16, first leg hat-trick and the winner in the second leg against Chelsea in the quarter-finals, a brace in the first leg and the winner in the second leg against Man City in the semi-finals.
Karim Benzema’s 15 goals this season 😎@Benzema | #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/rWsdebzIhc
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 25, 2022
Vinicus Junior could be a great threat for Liverpool up the left flank. He has been a dangerous runner into the box. This Brazilian ace winger is the joint top assist provider in the UCL this season with 6 assists.
The Brazilian young gun Rodrygo has been the hero of the comeback for Real Madrid in both quarter-finals and semi-finals. He scored the 4-4 equaliser on aggregate in the 80th minute against Chelsea and 2 goals in the 90th and 91st minute to send the match into extra time against Man City. Everyone’s eyes will be on him for another miracle.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Luis Diaz have been the star men in the attack for Liverpool. The Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has scored 8 goals for Liverpool in the UCL this season. Sadio Mane scored in both legs in the semi-final against Villarreal. Trent Alexander-Arnold can be crucial right full-back for Liverpool against Real Madrid. He has 3 assists in the UCL this season.
Stats and Head-to-Head:
Real Madrid and Liverpool went head to head in the UCL Final season 2017-2018. That was the first UCL final for Liverpool since 2007, and the 3rd in a row for Real Madrid. The Spanish giants beat Liverpool by 3-1 goals in Kyiv in the UCL Final 2018.
Real Madrid claimed three UCL trophies in a row by beating Liverpool in the UCL Final 2018 in Kyiv. That was their 4th title in 5 seasons.
The UCL Final 2022 in Paris will be Liverpool’s 3rd final appearance in 5 seasons including Kyiv. It will be Real Madrid’s first final appearance since Kyiv.
Real Madrid and Liverpool went head-to-head 8 times in the European competitions. Liverpool won the first 3 meetings between 1981 to 2009. The Reds have not defeated Real Madrid since 2009. Real Madrid won 4 and drew 1 of their last 5 meetings with Liverpool.
Here’s some Key Stats of Real Madrid vs. Liverpool UCL Final 2022:
Mahomed Salah has scored 33 goals and assisted 11 for Liverpool in the Champions League since the 2017-2018 season, only behind Robert Lewandowski (55) and Kylian Mbappe (47).
Karim Benzema has scored 10 goals in the UCL knockout stages this season, which is the joint most with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10 goals in the 2016-2017 season.
Benzema is the 4th all time top scorer in the history of the UCL with 84 goals.
Karim Benzema is at the 3rd spot in the list of most UCL goals in a single season with 15 goals, behind Ronaldo’s 16 goals in 2015-2016, and 17 goals in 2013-2014.
How to Watch Real Madrid vs. Liverpool?
BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate will telecast live the UCL Final 2022 between Liverpool and Real Madrid in the UK. The live coverage will begin at 6:00 pm BST ahead of an 8:00 pm BST kickoff.
If you are on the go, you can catch the live action of the Real Madrid vs Liverpool match via BT Sport app and BT Sport website, only available for the BT Sport subscribers.
CBS and TUDN will broadcast the UCL Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in the United States. If you prefer to watch the live stream, you can subscribe to Paramount Plus and fuboTV to watch Real Madrid vs Liverpool.