'This group of players is very special'
Date: 28 May Venue: Stade de France, Paris Kick-off: 20:00 BST
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The Reds will look to win the most prestigious prize in European club football for the seventh time when they face Real Madrid in the final in Paris on Saturday.

Up to 60,000 Liverpool fans - many without tickets - are expected in the French capital as Jurgen Klopp's Reds attempt to seal an FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League treble in their 63rd and final game of 2021-22.

Real Madrid have won the competition 13 times and their Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti is looking to win the competition for a fourth time, the most by any manager in the tournament's history.

The disappointment of narrowly losing out to Manchester City in the title race last weekend has left the Reds with little to smile about heading into their third European final in five seasons.

We are all happy. If you are healthy, as the boys obviously are, life gives you opportunities again and again, and in this case it is the European Championship final.

The German said that three finals in five years is exceptional. It is very special. We want to give it a try and see what happens.

Real are attempting a league and European double after winning the Spanish title.

By steering Real to a 35th La Liga title last month, Ancelotti became the first manager to win the league in all five of Europe's major leagues.

Two great teams will face each other, and the one with more courage and personality will win at the end.

If the sides can't be separated, the final will be decided with extra time and penalties.

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Battle of the heavyweights

The eagerly anticipated final brings together two giants of European football.

While Real Madrid are aiming to win it for a 14th time, which would be twice as many as any other club, a win by the Reds would take them level with AC Milan in second place on the list of overall champions.

The Ballon d'Or, which is awarded to the world's best player, is between Real Madrid's Benzema and Sadio Mane.

Benzema has scored 15 goals in Europe this season, including two hat-tricks, and is the leading scorer in the competition in the years to come.

The 30-year-old won two domestic cups with the Reds this season and helped his country qualify for the World Cup. After the final, he will give a special answer over his future, linked with a move away from the Reds this summer.

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After losing to Real Madrid in the final of the World Cup in the Ukrainian city of Kyiv, Mohamed Salah said that he had a "score to settle" with the Spanish side.

Four years ago, the Egypt star left the pitch in tears after falling heavily following a challenge by Ramos.

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Real have met Real in the final before.

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Four defeats but a place in the final

Real Madrid have lost four times in 12 European matches this season, yet they have made it through to their 17th final in the competition.

They lost to Sheriff Tiraspol in the group stage of the playoffs last September, but have defeated other teams along the way.

Real came back from a big deficit against City.

Benzema scored before Rodrygo forced extra time in the second leg of the tie, after the team had fallen behind 7-1 on aggregate.

Benzema, who has scored seven goals against English teams this season, sent Paris with a penalty.

Gareth Bale scores against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final
Gareth Bale scored one of European football's great goals the last time Real Madrid faced Liverpool in the Champions League final
Gareth Bale scores against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final
...but he has played more minutes for Wales than Real this season
Gareth Bale celebrates scoring for Real Madrid against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final
...although he has been named in the squad for the final in Paris

Paris steps in after Russia stripped of final

European club football's showpiece final, which is expected to be watched by a global television audience of up to 400 million, is being held in Paris after Russia was stripped of the event following the nation's invasion of Ukraine.

It was supposed to be played in St Petersburg, but Uefa decided to move the match to France.

Paris has just three months to prepare, which is less than usual.

The Stade de France which is hosting the 2022 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid
The Stade de France is the national stadium of France and staged the 1998 World Cup final

The previous two years the venue of the final was moved because of the coronaviruses.

The last time the stadium hosted the final was in 2006 when Barcelona defeated the team.

Liverpool fans paint Paris red

French authorities are bracing for an influx of up to 60,000 fans for the final of the European Championship.

Most have traveled without a ticket by train, plane, and boat to experience the match.

Around 7,000 police will be on duty while authorities have prepared a vast fan zone for up to 45,000 Liverpool fans along the Cours de Vincennes, a major avenue in the east of Paris, six miles from the stadium.

Only 20,000 tickets have been made available to each side for the game, with a further 12,000 available for sale to fans worldwide.

National associations, commercial partners, broadcasters, and Uefa have been given the remaining 23,000 tickets.

Liverpool fans in Paris before the 2022 Champions League final against Real Madrid
Only 20,000 tickets have been made available to each side
Fans stand next to the Champions League trophy in Paris
This will be the first Champions League final to be played in front of a full house since 2019 - when Liverpool defeated Tottenham in Madrid - because of coronavirus restrictions
A Liverpool fan shows his support in Paris before the 2022 Champions League final
Liverpool fans have travelled across the world to be in Paris for the Champions League final

More than one-fifth of the allocation was for tickets that cost less than 510 dollars.

There are 34 extra flights to take supporters to Paris on Friday and Saturday, with 13 flights departing on Friday and 21 flights departing on Saturday.

Fans travelling to France faced long lines at the Port of Dover.

Some complained of chaos after being stuck in long lines with families heading for half-term holidays.

  • Liverpool fans heading to Paris face long delays at Dover

How can you watch Champions League final?

BT Sport is making the Champions League final available for everyone in the UK to watch whether on TV, online or on mobile.

A special 606 will be broadcast after the final with commentary fromRobbie and Chris.

Live text commentary, analysis, and a report following the final will be available on the website.