Can set for Champions League final fitness race
- Author: Julie Sanders May 05, 2018,
May 05, 2018, 18:21
"In this moment we are quite attractive". The Liverpool manager is confident that, with his side facing Real Madrid in the showpiece match in Kiev and also on the cusp of securing a Champions League place next season via a top-four Premier League finish, the Merseysiders have both the financial muscle and the football appeal to attract top players.
Chelsea want the points to keep in the hunt for fourth place and will want to avenge their two home defeats against Klopp in the previous two seasons. "Liverpool's physical and mental fatigue should help their cause".
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte feels teams need luck to win the Champions League. "We are Liverpool. We are strong".
As Liverpool have stumbled, a late-season renaissance has kept Chelsea's challenge alive with four straight wins also taking them to the FA Cup final, where they will face Manchester United.
Their Sunday opponents called on Pedro, Willian and Alvaro Morata in their last league win against Swansea - players who arguably should be in the first team anyway.
Chelsea are winless in their last six Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D3 L3).
It was the former Newcastle star's first away goal in three years with his two English clubs. For this reason, I think that to win the Champions League you must be more lucky. If the Blues take a 1-0 victory, he will be begrudgingly praised for a boring win. Surprisingly, Chelsea have not played a league game at home since drawing against West Ham nearly a month ago. Chelsea, who have a game in hand to play, against Huddersfield on Wednesday, will be looking to crank up the pressure. The French boss will bring down the curtain on 22 years at the Gunners at the end of the season, and on Sunday will lead the side for the last time at home. If Liverpool are as lax as they were during the week, especially at the back, the Belgian would punish them.
Arsenal's Europa League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid has denied long-serving manager Arsene Wenger the fairytale ending of a first European trophy.
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso is available again following suspension.
That's as much down to the misfits in defense, the workhorses in midfield and the transfer gambles littered across the squad as it is the prolific scoring of attacker Mohamed Salah, another of Klopp's success stories with a career-high 43 goals for the season from the right wing.
Roma pressed hard in the second half, but it took until the 86th minute for Nainggolan to make it 3-2, and although he added a second from the penalty spot in stoppage time, Liverpool managed to hold on.