Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool aiming to bring Real Madrid down 'to our level'

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I love playing for this club and we're in the Champions League final and we want to do it.

Only Liverpool stand between Cristiano Ronaldo and a fifth Champions League title, with the Real Madrid forward having been as impressive as ever this European season. But Salah, too, has been nothing less than a talisman for the Reds this season. The next few years will show if he can do something similar [to Messi and Ronaldo] but it is not that easy otherwise more players would have done it.

"He had all his flights and accommodation booked and he just needed a ticket so I just passed it on to him with the thought that we weren't going to be going".

In recent weeks, Salah could be found at news conferences promoting a cellphone company, a logistics firm and taxi service.

Their patience, dedication, and their ability to finish up games have surprised many this season.

Indeed, under Zidane Real Madrid have never been knocked out in the Champions League, progressing in all nine of their two-legged Champions League ties as well as winning the two finals they have appeared in. In Italy, a career stalling was reignited at Roma and Liverpool came calling previous year.

UEFA has come under strong criticism from some quarters over its decision to hold the Champions League final - widely considered the biggest game in club football - in the Ukrainian capital. Ronaldo eclipsed Salah in the competition with 15 goals after starting out in the group stage.

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Salah has scored 44 goals in his debut season as a Liverpool player, three short of the all-time club record set by Ian Rush in 1984. So potent is the 33-year-old Ronaldo, he only required 43 games. "He is an incredible player with a tremendous quality", Ronaldo told El Partidazo de COPE.

While Zinedine Zidane's men were always among the favourites for this year's crown, Liverpool have come up on the outside thanks to the way Klopp has shaped his exciting, young team.

Particularly in Europe, where Ronaldo is the all-time leading Champions League scorer with 120 goals. This club has it in its DNA that it can really go for the big things.

"People have been comparing Ronaldo and Salah, but you can not compare the two", he added.

And he claims that Liverpool's performances and football have earned them the right to be contesting the final in Kiev. He added that Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has total faith in the Egyptian: "Klopp is a very intelligent guy, he's very demanding in everything he does, and there is a meaning behind everything he asks the players to do".

This time, under Klopp, their adventure started against Hoffenheim in the play-offs last August, on through stunning wins over Manchester City and Roma via a 3-3 draw in Seville when they had been three goals up.