Real Madrid v Liverpool: Salah, Ronaldo lead the line in combined XI

21 May 2018 23:37

A classic clash of European football royalty looms in Kiev on Saturday, when Real Madrid face Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Zinedine Zidane's side, 12-time champions and the holders, are seeking to become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the European Cup three times in succession.

Liverpool, meanwhile, Britain's most successful side in continental competition, go in search of their sixth crown and first since that famous Istanbul triumph of 2005.

Ahead of the decider at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Ukraine's capital, we pick a combined XI from across the two finalists…


Goalkeeper: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

His future is uncertain, but that is nothing new to a goalkeeper who has had to perform amid constant speculation about Madrid's interest in positional rivals.

The Costa Rica international has at times undermined his case to retain the number one shirt, making errors against both Juventus and Bayern Munich in the run to the final, but he has been there for the past two triumphs and that know-how gets him the nod ahead of inexperienced Loris Karius.

Right-back: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Trent Alexander-Arnold has won a first-team place at Liverpool and a World Cup ticket all in his teenage years, but the England talent is beaten to our right-back spot by a Madrid mainstay.

Carvajal has overcome adversity in the form of a heart infection earlier in the season and a recent hamstring problem, but he has recovered fitness and will be essential to stopping the likes of Mohamed Salah in Kiev.

Left-back: Marcelo (Real Madrid)

The archetypal modern day full-back, Brazil's marauding Marcelo will be hoping Champions League success can be the start of a momentous couple of months in his career, and he gets the nod ahead of Andrew Robertson, despite an outstanding debut season at Anfield for the Scottish defender.

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