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Saturday 22 September 2018

Real should be worried says Gerrard

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. Photo: PA
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. Photo: PA

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes Real Madrid 'will be worried' ahead of their date with Jurgen Klopp's Reds in the Champions League final in Kiev.

Klopp's heroes marched into the final after navigating a route past Roma in a high-scoring semi-final and now Gerrard is predicting they will fancy their chances against a Real Madrid side that have reigned supreme as European champions for the last two years.

"They should be worried," Gerrard said of Zinedine Zidane's defending champions.

"You look at this Madrid team and they have major problems behind the full-backs. Liverpool will exploit that.

"Liverpool are strong in those areas and they can really hurt this Madrid team.

"Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are two of the best crossers in the Premier League.

"Real Madrid have major problems with crosses, so from what we saw over the two legs of the semi-final, I'd be happier to face them rather than Bayern Munich.

"It's an incredible achievement for Real Madrid, third year on the spin reaching the final, but it was desperate at times in the second leg against Bayern.

"They were hanging on, they were all over the place at the back.

"This Bayern team are going to be full of regret because, over both legs, they were dominant throughout, created many, many chances and looked the far better team."

Liverpool great Mark Lawrenson, however, suggested Liverpool rode their luck in Rome, and he suggested Klopp's defensive problems are still a concern.

"If we said at the start of the game, Roma would win 4-2, we would have got locked up.

"It was a game that was so open and that's a slight worry," said the former Ireland defender.

"Going forward, Liverpool are unstoppable but they do have mad moments defensively.

"If they can cure that moving forward, they will be an excellent team."

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