According to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, Real Madrid will face a significantly different Liverpool in Saturday’s repeat of the 2018 final in Paris in which they were defeated four years ago.
Real Madrid will encounter a “different Liverpool” from the one they defeated in the Champions League final four years ago.
These were the claims of the Liverpool captain.The Reds are preparing for a repeat with the La Liga giants following their 3-1 final defeat in 2018.
Loris Karius gave Real the title with two disastrous blunders, passing the ball straight to Karim Benzema and tipping Gareth Bale’s long-range shot into his own net. Bale also netted a fantastic bicycle kick to open the scoring, but Sadio Mane equalized.
A year later, Liverpool avenged themselves when they won the all-English final against Tottenham Hotspur, winning 2-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has won the Premier League, Club World Cup, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup since the final in Kiev, and they have perhaps their best-ever lineup as they chase their third trophy of the season.
Although Benzema recently stated that Liverpool “haven’t changed much,” Henderson, who is ready to become the first Englishman to lead a team to three Champions League finals, has persuaded Carlo Ancelotti’s side that the squad they will play is nothing like the one that lost four years ago. “They’re up against a new Liverpool.” Henderson said to The Guardian.
“In 2018, when we played Madrid in the final, we did fairly well to get there. The guys were wonderful. But things have changed since then.
New players have joined the squad, we’ve had wins and failures throughout the years, and you’ve learned from it all. This team is nothing like the one Madrid faced a couple years ago.”
Klopp has worked hard to improve his team in important areas, such as adding Ibrahima Konate to the backline and Luis Diaz to the attacking options.
Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho were also unavailable for the game in Ukraine. Salah and Mane began the final at the same time — but they are in perhaps the greatest form of their lives.
With the exception of the Europa League final in 2016, Henderson has won nearly every trophy possible during his time at Anfield.
After winning the Premier League and Champions League with the club in a clean sweep, the 31-year-old detailed how he renewed his ambition to win trophies.
“Winning the Champions League and Premier League has always been a goal of mine, and once you achieve that, you have to re-evaluate.” he said.
“You have to take that in and ask yourself, ‘Now what?’ It’s all about the next challenge and how to increase your enthusiasm for it.
And I feel that achieving success and winning awards makes you want to do it all over again.
You’ll find that it’s all about the adventure and the accompanying games. In that aspect, this season has been wonderful.
Being in this position, with the potential to win in the season’s last game, is a remarkable achievement in and of itself. You have to give credit where credit is due.”