Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid not feeling like favourites in Champions League final

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says forward Mohamed Salah will be at peak fitness for Saturday's Champions League final regardless of whether or not he is observing the fasting rules of Ramadan.

The contrast in experience between the sides couldn't be greater as Liverpool return to the final after an 11-year wait with no player in their squad who has previously played in a Champions League final.

Expect the same frantic, high pressure start we've seen from Liverpool for much of the season with their front three closing down the Madrid defence high up the pitch and trying to force them into making mistakes.

"Take Manchester City as an example, they only lost two games this season and I don't know how many they drew?"

Meanwhile, Ronaldo could win his fifth Champions League, a landmark reached by only four players before now.

"I know how we have to play, and I know what I must do to help my team", he said.

"Religion is private how I understand it", Klopp said.

Even if Liverpool win the Champions League, Wijnaldum said that does not necessarily mean success will come easier.

While Zidane was a Champions League and World Cup victor as a player, Klopp's own playing career in his native Germany was modest.

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Nevertheless, Mohamed Salah has the support of most of Africa, as he is seen as a beacon of hope, and a shining example to young people across the continent.

"We worked really hard to get here during the years so it's always good if you receive something when you've worked hard".

In the 1998 Champions League final... we weren't the favourites, we were the challengers.

"I think really important for us as players but also for the club, the supporters, I think for everyone".

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The biggest mistake that Madrid can make is to take Liverpool lightly and if they're not right on top of their game from the first whistle, they could well find themselves two or three goals behind before they get going. Because we have the games we had in the Champions League, the most exceptional run to the final, the most goals, I can not believe that it is true... but it's us.

My memories of the 1988 FA Cup final against Wimbledon are painful reminder of how things can go horribly wrong when you least expect it, with the sands of time only slightly dulling my pain after that frightful defeat.

"Mo Salah is an exceptional player who is representing Africa, and even though he is not the only African playing at the finals, he has surely over shadowed his colleague Sadio Mane".

Salah has been the star turn of Liverpool's season, scoring 44 goals in his debut season at Anfield to plunder a series of individual Player of the Year awards. "This is handsome. This is my passion, I've always been a good competitor, I like to compete and behind all that is a lot of hard work".

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