The identity of the teams that will be competing in the finals of the 2022 UEFA Champions League is no more news as both sides were just too strong for their opponents in the semifinals of the competition on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
The concept of an all-English final and all-Spanish final was thwarted as Liverpool knocked out Villarreal while Real Madrid knocked Manchester City out of the competition.
The final of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League is Liverpool vs Real Madrid and it is a game that promises to be a cracker. Presently, you can really point out a favorite on paper as both sides have been very impressive this term although bookmaker odds suggest that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are the favorites.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Head-to-Head Statistics
Liverpool have played against Real Madrid 8 times in the UEFA Champions League and Los Blancos are leading with 4 wins to Liverpool’s 3 wins and with both settling for 1 draw.
Both sides last met in the quarterfinals of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League and Real Madrid emerged victoriously with a 3:1 aggregate win.
They’ve also met in the UEFA Champions League final twice with each side sharing 1 win each
Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1:0 in the UCL final in the 1980/81 season while Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3:1 in the UCL final in the 2017/18 season.
The latter game can be remembered for Sergio Ramos’ infamous tackle against Mohamed Salah that effectively ruled him out for the remainder of the game.
Real Madrid’s road to the 2022 UEFA Champions League Final
The Los Blancos can be described as the side that took the harder path to the finals based on the opposition they faced in the knockout stages of the competition.
Los Blancos went against all odds after winning Group D and beat competition favorites Paris Saint-Germain, defending champions Chelsea, and Manchester City to secure a place in the final.
They’ve beaten two Premier League sides consecutively and Liverpool is next on the list. Can they make it a hat-trick of triumphs against Premier League opposition in the 2021/22 UCL competition?
Liverpool’s road to the Champions League Final 2022
Jurgen Klopp’s men can be described as the side that took the supposedly easier path to the final after qualifying from what was a tough group.
The Reds won Group B and beat the likes of Inter Milan, Benfica, and Villarreal on their way to the final. Will they be able to stop Real Madrid’s smooth run against Premier League opposition in this season’s UCL competition?
History of Liverpool and Real Madrid in the Champions League
Real Madrid’s number of UCL titles
Both sides have been successful in Europe’s elite competition but Los Blancos have won the most UCL trophies.
It is no more news that Carlo Ancelotti’s men have enjoyed the most success in the history of the competition and have 13 titles to their name. Real Madrid’s last triumph in the UCL was in 2018 and it was the 3:1 win against Liverpool.
Liverpool’s number of UCL titles
Liverpool have won the UCL title 6 times and are the most successful Premier League side in the competition. Their last UCL triumph was in 2019 in an all-English final against Tottenham Hotspur. The Reds win 2 nil.
Number of UCL Final Appearances
Real Madrid have made 16 UCL final appearances while Liverpool have made 9 UCL final appearances.
What to expect – Real Madrid vs Liverpool UCL Final
Real Madrid have shown strong character in this season’s UCL competition and had to come from behind to win eventually in all their KO stage matches and this was against three competition favorites in PSG, Chelsea, and Manchester City.
Liverpool also showed that they can fight back and this was proven when they came from 2 goals down to beat Villarreal 3:2 and secure a place in the final.
Ahead of May 28, 2022, Real Madrid are already 2021/22 La Liga Champions and can afford to rest players while Liverpool are presently in a fierce title race against Manchester City for the 2021/22 Premier League title that could go down to the wire.
Therefore, all we can say for now is that Real Madrid will be fresher than Liverpool ahead of the 2022 UEFA Champions League final although a lot can happen before then.