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What are the Champions League final predictions of Sportsmail’s experts?

Liverpool face Real Madrid in the eagerly-anticipated Champions League final on Saturday night in Kiev.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be desperate to fire Liverpool to further European glory, while simultaneously stopping Madrid from winning their third straight Champions League title. 

Ahead of the Kiev showdown, Sportsmail‘s experts have given their predictions on the final outcome…

Kiev is the host city of Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday

JAMIE REDKNAPP 

Real Madrid 2-3 Liverpool

It’s so difficult to call this game. Both teams are capable of magic… and making mistakes. So many different things could happen. I’m only saying 3-2 because I want it to be 3-2! 

MARTIN KEOWN 

Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool

It is hard to look past Real’s experience of dealing with the occasion. This is their fourth Champions League final in five years and for many of the players it will almost feel like just another game. But if you could pick one team to take on these Spanish giants, it would be Liverpool. They have a puncher’s chance. We are in for a cracker. 

CHRIS SUTTON 

Real Madrid 0-3 Liverpool  

I can see Liverpool blowing them away. Madrid were fortunate to get past Juventus and Bayern Munich. They are vulnerable at the back, keeping one clean sheet in their last 11 games, so Liverpool should have nothing to fear. If they play their own game, I don’t see how Madrid can cope with them.  

Mohamed Salah will be key for Liverpool if they want to win their sixth European Cup

Mohamed Salah will be key for Liverpool if they want to win their sixth European Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to make the headlines yet again in Kiev on the weekend

Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to make the headlines yet again in Kiev on the weekend

IAN LADYMAN 

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

I fear this may be where the dream dies for Liverpool. Unless something dramatic has happened behind closed doors between Rome and Kiev, it is hard to see Liverpool keeping a clean sheet tonight and that leaves them having to beat Ronaldo & Co in a shoot-out. I would be delighted — but very surprised — if they manage it. 

MATT BARLOW 

Real Madrid 2-3 Liverpool 

I’m expecting goals in keeping with the knockout rounds (91 goals in 14 ties at 3.25 per game) and backing Liverpool’s pace and energy to overwhelm Real Madrid’s class and experience. 

Liverpool beat Roma in the last-four of the competition to progress to the final

Liverpool beat Roma in the last-four of the competition to progress to the final

Madrid narrowly overcame Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League

Madrid narrowly overcame Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League

DOMINIC KING 

Real Madrid 1-3 Liverpool

There is no logic to this prediction as, to be frank, how many Liverpool players would get into Madrid’s starting line-up…two, possibly three at best? But I have had a feeling for some time that Liverpool will win this competition and I can see Roberto Firmino having a huge say. Liverpool’s preparations could not have gone smoother. Now it’s time for the players to deliver in the final.  

Liverpool and Madrid bolster deadly attacks and they will be looking to keep each other quiet

Liverpool and Madrid bolster deadly attacks and they will be looking to keep each other quiet

Madrid will look to use their experience to keep Jurgen Klopp's men out on Saturday night

Madrid will look to use their experience to keep Jurgen Klopp’s men out on Saturday night

Jurgen Klopp's side head into the showdown at the Olympic Stadium in fine form

Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the showdown at the Olympic Stadium in fine form

PETE JENSON 

Real Madrid 4-2 Liverpool (after extra time)

Madrid will have three top international forwards on the bench — probably Benzema, Vazquez and Asensio if Bale and Isco start. That could end up being the difference. I take Liverpool to start stronger but Madrid to overwhelm them with that attacking strength in depth over 120 minutes. 

CHRIS WHEELER 

Real Madrid 2-3 Liverpool  

It’s an ambitious prediction, but these are two ambitious teams meeting at the climax of a Champions League season rich in goals and attacking football. We could be in for a classic in Kiev. Madrid are favourites, and rightly so, but Liverpool have the firepower to cause an upset and deny the European champions a hat-trick of titles.



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