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As they say, revenge is a dish best served cold. Mohamed Salah, however, will be hoping it’s a dish best served with a goal when Liverpool meet old foes Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Egyptian magician Salah was injured by Sergio Ramos minutes into the 2018 Champions League final as the Reds suffered a 3-1 defeat in a game also remembered for Loris Karius’ horror show between the sticks
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Liverpool fans were hoping this meeting with Real Madrid would be the chance to seal an unprecedented quadruple but their hopes of Premier League glory were dashed on the final day of the season last weekend as Manchester City just about got over the line.
A cup treble would still represent an incredible campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s team but they must overcome a seriously stiff test against the Spanish league winners hunting their third English scalp in this season’s competition.
To build the hype for the big match, we’ve gathered together everything you could possibly need to know about the 2022 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid below.
What is the Champions League final kick-off time?
The 2022 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid is scheduled to kick off at 8pm on Saturday, May 28.
Where is the Champions League final being held?
The 2022 Champions League final was set to be held at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia but due to Mad Vlad’s invasion of Ukraine, UEFA top brass opted to switch the big match to the Stade de France in Paris, France.
How to watch the Champions League final
RTÉ2’s coverage of the 2022 Champions League final begins at 7pm as Didi Hamann, Liam Brady and Richie Sadlier join Peter Collins in the studio.
If you’re watching in the United Kingdom then you’ll want to watch BT Sport 1 from 6pm for their extended build up to kick off.
Alternatively, you can live stream the action on BT Sport’s YouTube channel for free.
Champions League final odds
Liverpool are the favourites to lift the Champions League trophy as Jurgen Klopp’s team attempt to complete the treble after winning the FA Cup and EFL Cup earlier in the campaign.
Real Madrid have plenty of form against Premier League teams in this season’s competition, however, having knocked out Chelsea and Manchester City in the quarter-finals and semi-finals after extra time.
The big man’s tasked his traders with compiling a whole host of betting markets for the Champions League final and you can check out the latest Liverpool v Real Madrid final odds on the Paddy Power website.
Champions League final tips
Paddy Power ambassador Phil Thompson skippered Liverpool to victory in the 1981 European Cup final against Real Madrid so it’s only right that we asked him for his top tips ahead of Saturday’s showpiece.
Unsurprisingly, the Anfield favourite is backing his former team to triumph in Paris and he fancies Mohamed Salah to Score Anytime as he has a score to settle with Los Blancos after being injured by Sergio Ramos in 2018’s final between the two teams.
If you thought tips from one former Liverpool star wasn’t enough then you’ll be delighted to know we’ve also scored a Bet Builder from ex-Red and Paddy Power ambassador Peter Crouch. The big man is expecting plenty of entertainment as both ends of the pitch and he’s backing Over 2.5 Goals as one of the four legs in his acca.
We also tasked top tipster Andrew Beasley to pick out five of the best bets available on the Paddy Power website including a 16/1 punt.
Can Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League if Liverpool beat Real Madrid?
Mikel Arteta’s lads bottled the top four, tbf. A win against Tottenham and Champions League qualification was in the bag… except it all went a bit Pete Tong. The question Arsenal fans will be wondering is whether their team can make their way into next season’s tournament via the back door if Liverpool beat Real Madrid.
The Reds have already their booked their place in the 2022/23 competition but winning the whole thing also guarantees entry so that frees up a spot, right? WRONG! Instead of the fifth-place team in the Premier League being bumped up from the Europa League, the qualifying rounds are rebalanced so the champions of the 12th-ranked country will be rewarded with a place in the group stage. Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine are the current beneficiaries but for obvious reasons they might not take part so Turkish team Trabzonspor are more likely to get the leg up.
That means it’ll definitely be Thursday night football for Gooners next year. Sorry, lads.
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