Jurgen Klopp Claims it Will Take 15 Years for Mohamed Salah to Match Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

?Liverpool manager ?Jurgen Klopp says his star man Mohamed Salah has a long way to go before he merits comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Salah has got off to a flying start in his first season back in English football, and his performances have sparked suggestions that he may be in contention to win the Ballon d’Or, an award which has been shared by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in recent years. 


The Egyptian has scored a record breaking 32 Premier League goals for Liverpool in his debut season for the club, while also contriving to win a host of ?individual awards

However, Klopp insists that Salah needs to replicate his form over 15 more season to match the achievements of Ronaldo.

He said, via ?the Telegraph: “Mo played a fantastic season but Cristiano has played 15 seasons like this. He has scored something like 47,000 goals – crazy numbers. Why should we compare? At the time of Pele nobody compared Pele to other players and asked, ‘Is he as good as him?’

Villarreal v Real Madrid - La Liga

“Now we have Messi and Ronaldo. They have dominated football for a few years and there are so many other good players.

“Messi and Ronaldo are in the final moment very often in the right position to score a goal and that’s the most difficult thing to do in the world. That’s why they are where they are. The Ballon d’Or is always between them. It’s deserved. When they stop playing football we’ll miss them, 100%.”

?Real Madrid and Liverpool face each other in the Champions League Final on May 26 in Kiev, and despite Real Madrid having won the competition on back-to-back occasions, Jurgen Klopp will not be compromising on his team’s attacking philosophy.

He added: “If I was to ask the boys now, ‘What do you want to do in this game?’ They would say ‘What we always did’.

“You try to create a plan to deny the qualities of an opponent, but you also have to bring through your own qualities.”

Madrid’s performance against Villarreal on Saturday will give the Reds hope going into their first Champions League final since 2007. Ronaldo and Madrid surrendered a two-goal lead to fall to a 2-2 draw against Villarreal, and Liverpool fans were particularly enthused by ?Marcelo’s erratic defending. 


Real Madrid Captain Sergio Ramos Posts Emotional Twitter Tribute to Legendary Trio

?Sergio Ramos took to Twitter on Sunday to send a farewell message to departing greats Fernando Torres, Andres Iniesta and ?Gianluigi Buffon as the three stars played their final games for their current clubs over the weekend.

The Real Madrid and Spain captain put rivalry aside in order to pay tribute to the era-defining trio as they leave ?Atletico Madrid, ?Barcelona and ?Juventus respectively to start the next stages of their careers before hanging up their boots.

As Ramos steps up his preparation for the Champions League final between ?Real Madrid and ?Liverpool in Kiev, he took a moment to send a heartfelt message to the departing stars who have made such an impact on the competition: “You have all made the battle more beautiful and football much bigger.”

This weekend saw the last round of fixtures in both La Liga and Serie A and with that were a number of farewells, the aforementioned trio being the most notable. 

All three ended their time at the clubs that made them legends on a high. Atletico Madrid’s ?Europa League win on Wednesday was the first trophy that Torres has won with the club after spending a total of nine years in Madrid, while Iniesta and Buffon both claimed domestic doubles in their final seasons.


Jurgen Klopp Insists Liverpool Will Be Bold in Kiev & Vows Against Repeat of Basel 2016

?Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ?promised his side will continue to be bold in the Champions League final against ?Real Madrid, as he vowed there will be no repeat of the defeat in Basel in 2016.

The Reds’ charge to the showpiece in Kiev has come in stunning fashion after ?netting 46 goals in 14 games, and whilst some may be tempted to tweak their style of play against the reigning champions Klopp was adamant that the Merseysiders’ attacking approach would remain unchanged.


“If I was to ask the boys ‘what do you want to do in this game?’ They would say ‘what we always did’. I am pretty sure that would be the answer,” Klopp said, via the ?Liverpool Echo. 

“In football you always have to try to create a plan to deny the qualities of an opponent, but you also have to bring through your own qualities.

“If we would only think about trying to deny their qualities that would be quite difficult. It’s not that we go there, run like crazy and have no clue how to defend, it won’t be like that. But we will play our football and hopefully at the highest level.”

The final on May 26 is Liverpool’s first since the collapse against Sevilla in the Europa League final in 2016, where fatigue took its toll throughout the squad in Klopp’s first season at the helm.

But this time round, Klopp is adamant that preparations have ensured a fresh team will take to the field in Kiev after his squad only just returned from a four-day training camp in Spain. 

He added: “We were unlucky in that final. We didn’t score in the first half often enough and we didn’t get a penalty.

Liverpool v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League Final

“But in the second half, our legs were done. This time the legs will be fine. After two weeks, the legs will be fine. That’s a massive thing having two weeks to prepare for this game.”

Real Madrid head to the final as heavy favourites as they continue in their quest to clinch three successive European Cups, a tag Klopp is not phased by.

“I have no problem with the situation. It’s not that I want to be the underdog, I don’t feel like an underdog,” he explained. 

“But, yes, they are favourites, they know everything, they could write the f***ing script for the final because they have experienced it four times in the last five years.

“We can’t but no problem with that. We want to play and win a football game.“In the end it will be a test: what’s bigger the desire to win a third one in a row or the desire to win the first one for some years?

“This has been the Real Madrid Champions League generation. They will want to do it again. It would be big 100%. If we did it, it would be big too.”


Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid: Los Blancos Settle for Point After Spurning Lead Ahead of UCL Final

?Real Madrid capped off their La Liga season with a 2-2 draw away to Villarreal despite having a two goal lead ahead of their Champions League final in a weeks time. First half goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo but Zinedine Zidane’s side in a commanding position, but Roger Martinez and Samu Castillejo goals in the second half meant both sides had a share of the spoils. 

Chances fell for either side inside the opening 10 minutes at the Estadio de la Ceramica, as Villarreal’s Enes Unal narrowly dragged his effort wide, while Andres Fernandez was called into action at the other end to beat away speculative efforts from Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Madrid, however, would find the breakthrough not long after thanks to Gareth Bale’s 16th La Liga goal of the season. Played in by some quick thinking from Luca Modric, the Welshman’s cute step-over gave himself the room before firing hard and low down to Fernandez’s right and open the scoring after 11 minutes. 

Villarreal v Real Madrid - La Liga

Despite seeing more of the ball after Bale’s strike, Villarreal’s only real effort of note after conceding was a Pablo Fornals strike that drifted wide a debuting Luca Zidane’s post, before Javi Calleja’s side were soon two goals behind. 

Found in space on the left after a lovely ball from Isco, Marcelo was afforded too much time to cross, picking out an unmarked Ronaldo who simply nodded home his 26th league goal of the season and double Madrid’s lead. 

It could’ve been even more for Los Blancos as chances began to fall much more frequently towards the end of the half, with Isco, Ronaldo and Toni Kroos all coming close to adding a much-deserved gloss to the scoreline before the half time interval. 

With fifth place and Europa League football secured, Villarreal looked to make a game of it in the second half, as Nicola Sansone’s free kick brought a fine save from Zidane, while Unal’s set piece effort curled agonisingly wide soon after. 

Sergio Ramos then had to be alert to clear Unal’s header off the line after some brilliant skill from Sansone in the buildup, before a stunning strike from Roger Martinez pulled a goal back for The Yellow Submarine to set up an interesting final 20 minutes. 

Villarreal’s improved performance caused Madrid problems throughout the second half, and were deserving of their equaliser five minutes from time. Beating the offside trap, Samu Castillejo kept his composure to round Zidane and slot the leveller home. 

There was even time for Karim Benzema and Lucas Vasquez to go close late on, but their failure to find a winner meant both sides finished the season with a point. 



Zinedine Zidane Admits He Faces Selection Headache Ahead of Champions League Final Against Liverpool

Zinedine Zidane has admitted he faces a huge selection dilemma ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League final meeting with Liverpool.

?The Spaniards secured their passage through to the final after beating Bayern Munich ?4-3 over two legs, as they look to become the first side to win three consecutive Champions Leagues since Bayern Munich in 1976. The only thing standing between them and the trophy is a Liverpool side who will be looking to secure their sixth European Cup.

Real Madrid v Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg

Speaking to ?the Mirror ahead of the final at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Saturday, Zidane admitted he faces a huge selection headache having all 24 members of his squad full fit and wanting to play. He said: “I have 24 players available and I’m f*****.

?“Sorry, but I can’t find a better word, because there are players that will stay in Madrid and not come with us for the last two games. That’s the hardest part for me.”

Real Madrid v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg

It’s been a difficult domestic season for Madrid having lost out on the league title to rivals Barcelona and currently sit a hefty 15 points behind them, putting more emphasis on the need for Madrid to win the Champions League. Zidane went onto state how important he believes winning the competition for a third consecutive year would be and that his players are ready.

?He added: “It’s huge. It means a lot, above all that the work we’re doing here is good and we’ve got through to the players as we wanted. The players are very hungry to go on winning and they’ve shown that.

Zidane will be hoping he can win his ninth trophy since his arrival at the club in January 2016 as Real look to cap off what has been a disappointing season by their standard with a major piece of silverware.