So Can Salah Now Become a Modern Day Great?

He could prove to be the signing of the season.

Not the club record £60 million that Manchester City have parted with to sign Riyad Mahrez—six months after they first wanted him.

Nor the £99.2 million Juventus have splashed to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo, the world number one even if he does turn 34 next birthday.

I am talking about the double Premier League footballer of the year, the king of Egypt Mohamed Salah, who has signed a new contract at Liverpool after his majestic first year there.

It was a campaign which saw him become the first African player to win the honour and incredibly become the first player to score 32 goals in a 38-match Premier League season.

The Premier League betting odds on him now leading Liverpool to their holy grail—a first league title since 1990—are high.

Indeed, many pundits have placed the Merseysiders as second favourites for the Premier League behind last season’s dominant force, Manchester City, who set numerous records on the way to the title.

He clearly was not fit for Egypt in the World Cup, understandably so given his club season ended in heartache with a shoulder injury in the Champions League Final.

Mohamed Salah ready to prove the Premier League betting odds that he's back to help Liverpool

Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch during the Champions League final match between Liverpool and Real Madrid

However, all football highlights will certainly feature Salah prominently in a month’s time when the new season begins in earnest.

No wonder after he was so instrumental in Liverpool’s run to the showpiece final and fourth place in the Premier League with a prolific scoring record which attracted the attention of Europe’s elite.

Yet, after such a stellar season when he won every individual accolade that put even the sensational Kevin de Bruyne in the shade, there is now a weight of expectation on Mo Salah and Liverpool.

Harry Kane has already challenged Salah to repeat his exploits after the England captain was pipped to the Premier League golden boot honour.

Thirty goals in a 38-game league campaign was Kane’s best ever return, though still not enough to earn the top-scorer prize for the third year in a row after tallies of 25 and 29 in the previous seasons.

There is certainly no suggestion Salah will be a one-season wonder, nor that he will leave Liverpool.

The club is in a position of strength in three ways.

First of all, Salah admits he loves the club and wants to win silverware by staying where he is, not by moving to another heavyweight club.

His commitment to the club will be music to the ears of all Liverpool fans, their manager Jurgen Klopp and teammates.

Secondly, Liverpool do not need to sell the player after their massive January windfall following the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

Yes, they have recruited Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Fabinho since then and more recruits are expected. However, money does not seem to be an issue for a club which is back in the Champions League next season.

Thirdly, Salah’s new five-year deal does not include a release clause which so many players and agents now insist upon.

Any potential suitor would have to pay an extortionate fee for the Egyptian who forms part of a potent attacking trio.

Roberto Firmino also signed a contract extension in April and Sadio Mane is tipped to follow suit.

Klopp, who insists world-class talent “has a place” at Anfield, perhaps best sums up the approach to the game—an attribute money can’t buy—when he says: “The key thing to remember is the best thing about Mo is that he never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it.”

“He recognises his teammates and this club helped him achieve individual success last season. He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.”

“Mo reflects where we are as a team, I think. Last season was special with many special moments—but we want more. We want to be more successful and achieve more together – as the supporters sang so loudly, ‘we’re never gonna stop’. This has to be the attitude individually and collectively.”

So can he repeat or come close to repeating his success or will he find Premier League life more difficult now he is less of an unknown quantity?

From August 11 onwards, we will find out.

One thing is certain.

Moments of exhilarating brilliance that he displayed last season cannot be sustained over nine months unless you have world-class attributes.

Now they have been proven, can he take the next step and join the pantheon of modern day greats by doing it again and again and, crucially, winning silverware?

 

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Klopp: Salah deal a major message

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp believes his club have sent out a huge message about their future prospects by handing a new, long-term deal to Mohamed Salah.

The 26-year-old, who has recently been in action at World Cup 2018 with Egypt, enjoyed a spectacular first season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals in all competitions to help the Reds reach the Champions League final and finish in fourth place in the Premier League.

And Klopp is more than happy that a fresh five-year contract has been agreed and signed off, with Salah a crucial figure in the German's plans to build on the success of last season.

He told the club's official website: "I think this news can be seen for what it is – rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season.

"It demonstrates two things very clearly also – his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him.

"We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions – we are working hard together to achieve this.

"When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think.

"Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment."

Despite suffering a shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, Salah was on the scoresheet in both of the games he featured in for Egypt at World Cup 2018, but his side were unable to progress out of the group stage.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are 5/1 to win the Premier League title next season, with Manchester United 7/1 and Manchester City 4/7.

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Mignolet hints at Reds exit

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has indicated that he will be leaving Anfield when World Cup 2018 ends in mid-July.

The 30-year-old was an unused substitute during Belgium's 1-0 win over England in Kaliningrad on Thursday when Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois started the match.

Mignolet, who is contracted to Liverpool for another three years, lost his place to Loris Karius in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.

He has not played since January but there are also doubts about Karius' Reds future after he made two glaring errors in their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid five weeks ago.

Liverpool have been linked with Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, Stoke City's Jack Butland and Burnley's Nick Pope this summer, with Mignolet saying: "I am going to look at my situation when I come back from the World Cup.

"I didn't play in the last few months at Liverpool, so after the World Cup I will look at everything. I can't say much more. I don't know how long I will have off after the tournament. I need to speak to the manager about that.

"(But) at this moment I have not been speaking to anyone at Liverpool because I have been trying to focus on Belgium."

Liverpool are 5/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title, while Manchester City can be backed at 4/7, Manchester United at 7/1 and Chelsea at 12/1.

Fekir to Reds move collapses

Lyon have issued a statement confirming that Nabil Fekir's proposed transfer to Liverpool has fallen through.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp had wanted the 24-year-old midfielder as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January, but the France international now looks set to be staying at Lyon.

"Transfer negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir have not succeeded and Olympique Lyonnais have decided to put an end to this negotiation," said a statement on the French side's official website.

"Although Liverpool have been the priority of a possible transfer for Nabil…Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to be able to count on the presence of our captain, who is a leading player for the 2018/19 season when the club will play in the Champions League."

Fekir, who had been expected to move to Anfield for £52.75million this summer, is set to feature for France at the World Cup.

He came through Lyon's youth system and has made 153 appearances for the club, scoring 57 goals.

Liverpool have already signed Fabinho from Monaco for £39million since the end of last season, while the Reds have an agreement in place to capture Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in a deal worth £52.75million.

Liverpool can be backed at 5/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title and at 1/4 to finish in the top four.

Transfer Drama and The Clock is Ticking

Five days and counting until the start of World Cup 2018 and the clock is already well and truly ticking!

Of course, the transfer window is open for two months, but much of the us smart money suggests clubs who get deals done before the start of a major tournament—and not in the post-World Cup rush—often fare better.

If that is the case, then the giants of English football, Manchester United and Liverpool, seem well positioned.

Jose Mourinho delved into the market twice in quick succession to agree on deals to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and young Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot from Porto.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has added Monaco midfielder Fabinho and RB Leipzig enforcer Naby Keita to their ranks.

There were also strong suggestions they could be joined by French international Nabil Fekir until Lyon’s president said talks between the clubs had broken down—for now at least, although there is one report which suggested that was because of concerns following a medical.

Stoke’s Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, who is now available after the club’s relegation to the Championship, is also tipped to move to Anfield.

Emre Can, of course, is off to Italian champions Juventus; and it’s likely departures will follow at both Liverpool and Manchester United once the new men arrive.

Elsewhere, newly promoted Wolves are reportedly about to strengthen their goalkeeping ranks with the acquisition of  Portugal’s Rui Patricio who has parted company with Sporting Lisbon—that could be a quite a coup.

Staying in the Midlands, 2016 champions Leicester have already added Jonny Evans to their defensive armoury, strengthening a rearguard which already comprises captain Wes Morgan and World Cup-bound Harry Maguire.

With Aston Villa failing to get promoted and in financial trouble, the name of Jack Grealish is appearing more and more each day in football news and rumours.

Both Spurs and Fulham, the side which defeated Villa in the Championship play-off final, are being linked with the talented 22-year-old.

Talking of Fulham, if they want to keep Serbia frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic—who spent the last few months of the season on loan at Craven Cottage—it may be about to get tougher.

That’s after the Newcastle man netted a hat-trick in Serbia’s final warm-up game.

Remember, have a good World Cup and the prices just keep on rising and rising.

A number of names continue to be linked with Arsenal. Following new boss Unai Emery to the Emirates could be Paris Saint-Germain’s Yacine Adli and Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

It’s actually been reported elsewhere that the latter deal is all but done.

Across north London, after England captain Harry Kane signed a new deal with Spurs, there are reports Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli will soon follow. That is surely music to the ears of Mauricio Pochettino, who signed an extension as Tottenham manager just days before Zinedine Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid coach.

We’ll leave the final word to Huddersfield Town who have, somewhat under the radar, brought in Monaco defender Terence Kongolo.

He has signed a four-year deal after spending the second half of the season on loan—a player who, according to manager David Wagner, has the ‘Terrier spirit’ in his DNA!

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The World Cup Doesn’t Stop Juicy Rumours!

Premier League Transfer Rumours

The World Cup occupies the minds of most fans that are passionate about the beautiful game. However, there are also events happening all over the world that shape the things that show up in our favourite football news sites.

There’s still a full month before the English transfer window fully opens while the World Cup hoopla is still at its peak, so it’s understandable that not everyone is interested in club football at the moment.

However, English clubs are already making moves in order to strengthen their squads and turn future Premier League betting odds in their favour. The best football league in the world have clubs that are ready to pay good money for the sake of acquiring the best talents in the world. I have no doubt that whatever transfer buzz will prop up in the coming days will not pale in comparison to the drama and action Russia promises this summer.

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Liverpool: Karius Out, Donnarumma In?

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Loris Karius and Gianluigi Donnarumma might see themselves goalkeeping for different teams next season

It’s no secret that Loris Karius’ performance at the Champions League final made him a hated figure at Anfield. It wouldn’t surprise me if some even wanted to skin him alive after the numerous errors he made against Real Madrid.

There are calls among the fans for the disgraced keeper to never play for the club again, and buzz surrounding the Reds’ goalkeeping position is getting louder by the day. Among the favourite names being propped up by fans and pundits alike include Roma’s Alisson and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

The biggest favourite to replace him is currently AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma. The 19-year-old successor to Gianluigi Buffon is being desperately shopped around by the club in order to meet Financial Fair Play regulations. It is reported that the club is more than open to accepting £35m for the keeper, almost half of their original £61m asking price.

Liverpool are understandably interested in landing the keeper, but multiple clubs are surely going to give chase after the player got such a mark-down in fees.

However, Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar believes Karius should be given another chance: “They gave me two years of second chances, so why can’t they give him a second chance after one game? They should keep him in the spotlight from next season. First game back, get him back as soon as possible.”

Jurgen Klopp has built a reputation of trusting his players, so it is interesting what he will do with this Karius situation.

Chelsea: Can the Blues get Lewandowski and Lemar?

Chelsea won the FA Cup but are disappointed that they didn’t even put up much of a fight in their futile attempt to win back-to-back Premier League titles. A considerable factor in their poor title defence was Alvaro Morata. While he did score 11 goals, he was far too inconsistent for many of the Stamford Bridge faithful.

Given this, Chelsea are looking to acquire Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. It is somewhat understood that the Russia-bound Poland striker is going to leave the club as the Blues declared their interest on him. However, Chelsea will have to contend with Real Madrid and Juventus, meaning that a hectic summer is in store for Lewandowski and his suitors.

Meanwhile, Thomas Lemar is also targeted by Chelsea’s top brass. The France international and versatile Monaco midfielder is reportedly getting offers from the Blues as well as Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Chelsea have a lot of powerful rivals for their targets. Can Roman Abramovich dig deep enough into his pockets and snag these two for his club?

Manchester United: Ready to make a splash for Bale

Football news: Gareth Bale might leave Real Madrid and Manchester United are willing to pay for him

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring in UCL Final against Liverpool

Manchester United scored a lot during the past Premier League season, but their failure to consistently find the goal definitely cost them a chance to push Manchester City to the limit. Jose Mourinho is reportedly frustrated with the scoring situation at United and is ready to chase after some attackers.

Marko Arnautovic is one of the attacking solutions Mourinho is chasing after. The West Ham attacker has been a blessing for the Hammers. His goals were important keys that helped David Moyes and the club escape relegation.

However, the shiniest name in Mourinho’s shopping list has to be Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid winger reminded everyone just why he was once the most expensive footballer in Kiev, and Mourinho is more than sold on the former Tottenham star.

There are reports that the Red Devils are more than happy to meet the outrageous £85m fee for the Welsh star. He is also set to become one of the club’s top earners as the club is more than happy to cover his wage demands.

This move will be great for Bale and United if it falls through. Everything is now up to the suits of the respective clubs if such a deal will push through.

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Weird Times: Klopp to Madrid, Thompson’s Fine, Time is Sterling!

It’s hard to deny that it’s weird to live life these days.

We are connected to people across the world but we don’t talk much to those around us anymore. Reality stars become politicians, children dress up like adults, and coaches get linked to teams that just handed them defeat at the most prestigious stage in club football.

Yup, you read that right: Jurgen Klopp is reportedly the latest name to be linked to the Real Madrid job, arguably the hottest seat in Europe. While there are no confirmations that Klopp is being considered for the job, his performance during the Champions League final must have caught the attention of many Real Madrid supporters. us doesn’t think such a change would happen, but football is an eclectic mistress.

In other football news, Raheem Sterling was late to the World Cup training camp of the Three Lions. In basketball, Tristan Thompson got punished for acting like a Kardashian on the hardwood.

Will Jurgen Klopp trade Red for White?

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Jurgen Klopp is among the favourites to replace Zinedine Zidane

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is among the names being propped up after Zinedine Zidane shocked the world with his resignation. The German is a heavy favourite to take on the mantle after taking a rather young Liverpool squad and turning them into Champions League runners-up.

Yes, the glitz and glamour do look attractive, and it wouldn’t be surprising to many if the former Borussia Dortmund manager decides to just up and leave Anfield for the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow believes that Klopp will not leave Liverpool despite the temptations of Madrid.

“The key difference I think for the last five, 10, 15, 20 years, is the sheer amount of wealth in the Premier League means there’s no economic reason for those managers to move to Real Madrid,” said Purslow.

“It boils down to prestige, trophies and where they see the potential of their current situation.”

“There is no way I think Jurgen Klopp is going to be tempted to move given the season he’s just come off.”

Thompson fined for dramatic Game 1 finish

Cleveland Cavaliers Tristan Thompson fined $25,000 during the the Game 1 live betting spectacle

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson fined $25,000 for altercation

Those who watched Game 1 of the Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors remember the game for three things: LeBron James’ unbelievable game, JR Smith’s baffling snafu, and Tristan Thompson’s outrage that got him ejected.

The Cavs center didn’t like how Warriors guard Shaun Livingston took a jumper with five seconds left and deliberately fouled him. He got ejected for that, causing bewildered reactions from Thompson and taunting from Warriors forward Draymond Green. The two then got into an altercation that saw the former Texas product going at the outspoken utility man of the Dubs.

Cavs fans were scared that their key rebounder would be suspended for Game 2. Fortunately for Thompson, his Flagrant 2 was downgraded to a Flagrant 1 and was fined $25,000. The fine was for his refusal to leave the court on time and his tussle with Green.

James needs all the help he can get to at least even the series, and Thompson’s rebounding is a huge part of what made the Cavs work terrifically during Game 1. We should expect more discipline for Green.

However, we shouldn’t expect JR Smith to not repeat what he did in the dying seconds of regulation.

Sterling got late for England training

Raheem Sterling felt guilty for late during England's World Cup training

Raheem Sterling was late for one of England’s training sessions ahead of World Cup

Time is money in football. Raheem Sterling’s surname is literally the British Pound. And yet he ran late.

The Manchester City forward was more than 12 hours late to the start of England’s training camp in preparation for the World Cup. The 23-year-old said that the reason for this was a mix up over his flight back from a holiday in Jamaica.

Gareth Southgate had a word with the young star but insisted that everything is water under the bridge now. The England boss even claimed that Sterling wanted to apologise to his team-mates because he did not mean to seem unprofessional and not start his training on time.

“He explained his commitment to the team,” said Southgate.

“We’ve dealt with it internally. Everybody moved on. I have to say, he’s trained brilliantly all week. He’s so keen for this tournament to be a success for him and the team. There was nothing intentional in his lateness.”

However, Southgate made it clear that another trouble like that won’t sit well with him, and doing so will probably cost him a starting spot in their upcoming friendly against Nigeria.

Sterling will want to avenge England’s terrible form during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Euros, so supporters can expect him to work with Harry Kane and the rest of the squad to take the Three Lions as far as they can.

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Fabinho agrees Anfield switch

Fabinho has set himself the target of winning some silverware with Liverpool after agreeing to move to Anfield from Monaco at the beginning of July.

The 24-year-old Brazilian scored 29 goals in 225 appearances over five seasons with the Ligue 1 side.

He is joining a team that finished in the top four of the Premier League in the season just ended, while on Saturday they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

However, the last of their 18 top-flight titles came in 1990 and Jurgen Klopp's team are 5/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League, while Manchester City are available at 4/7 and Manchester United at 7/1.

Fabinho said: "I am really excited about this move. This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional.

"I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I'm able to win titles with this club. I will try to grow and learn and improve myself and to be part of the club's history."

Fabinho has represented Brazil, 4/1 to win the 2018 World Cup outright, four times, and is looking forward to linking up with his compatriot Roberto Firmino at Anfield.

He added: "I have been with him with the Brazilian national team on a few occasions. I know he's a fantastic person, his background is from nice people.

"He is also very good for someone who comes to a new country, a new city – someone who speaks the same language. This will of course make the adaptation much easier."

Lovren issues ‘stronger’ Reds vow

Dejan Lovren has vowed that Liverpool will return "stronger" next season following their 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old Croatia international central defender admitted to feeling heart broken after Jurgen Klopp's men came up short against Los Blancos at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.

Karim Benzema pounced on an error by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius to put Real Madrid ahead six minutes into the second half, but Sadio Mane equalised just four minutes later to give the Reds hope.

However, Gareth Bale scored a spectacular overhead volley on 64 minutes – just three minutes after coming off the substitutes' bench – and wrapped up the win seven minutes from time when Karius was guilty of his second massive mistake in the match as he fumbled the Wales international's 30-yard strike into his own net.

Lovren insisted that the squad will stick together and look to respond positively going into the 2018-19 season.

"It's painful. It's painful to describe. It's heart-breaking, to be honest," he told Liverpool's official website.

"We deserved more than this tonight. But at the end we should be proud of the long road that we did. From the game against Hoffenheim to reach the final. To beat the best teams.

"I'm proud of the team, I'm proud of the lads, I'm proud of the fans that travelled for such a long time and the fans around the world who supported us.

"I'm sure we will come back next year even stronger. And I promise that."

Liverpool are available at 10/1 to win the Champions League next season, while they are priced at 5/1 to win the Premier League.

The Night a Hero and Villain were Made

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

It will be forever remembered as the final of an incredible overhead kick and two howlers.

But in the days ahead, when the immediate drama, elation and heartache subsides, the history books will be crystal clear.

Real Madrid are Kings of Europe again and have a certain invincibility in a competition they crave more than any other.

A wondergoal for the ages from Gareth Bale will be replayed long after you and I are gone on the night they clinched a 13th European Cup.

Fun fact: Since arriving at the club, boss Zinedine Zidane has never been knocked out of the Champions League.

He has now become the first coach to win the Champions League three years in a row – yet he’s only been a manager for two and a half years!

Only at this club could a managerial position be supposedly under threat.

After seeing off Paris St Germain, Juventus, Bayern Munich and now Liverpool, his job should not be in jeopardy – the Spanish club should be offering him whatever he wants.

And what of Ronaldo, now a five-time European champion (once with Man Utd) – although his post-match comments suggest the 33 year-old may be moving on this summer for one final challenge they should create a statue outside the Bernabeu for his contribution.

This was another night for Zidane, who selected exactly the same team as he did for the 2017 final 12 months ago, and the world player of the year to savour.

Amidst all the celebrations which followed, it was hard not to have some sympathy with their opponents Liverpool.

Backed by vociferous support, they had made a bright start and were the better team in the opening stages.

Then the moment which Liverpool and their fans must have feared.

Twenty six minutes were on the clock when Mohamed Salah was pulled down by the arm by Real skipper Sergio Ramos.

He managed to get up but always seemed in discomfort and so it proved.

Within minutes, he was being escorted off the pitch in tears – naturally the double footballer of the year looked devastated.

Psychologically, it must have been a body blow and the potential turning point but, despite looking stunned, Liverpool regrouped.

Madrid then suffered an injury blow of their own, albeit not in the same league as Salah’s.

Full-back Dani Carvajal went down in pain and also left the pitch in tears.

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is helped my medical staff after injuring himself during the UCL Final match vs Real Madrid

While the contest remined even, suddenly Liverpool were Salah-less and Real ended the half on top.

As reports came through that Salah had a suspected dislocated shoulder it was such a sad end to an incredible campaign for the Egyptian who will now almost certainly miss the World Cup.

When your luck is out, your luck is out and this was incredible bad luck for the Merseyside club and their best player.

Suddenly, it seemed the tide had turned.

After the break and, moments after Isco hit the crossbar, came one of the strangest goals you’re ever likely to see.

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was seemingly making a routine clearance when he threw the ball off Karim Benzema’s foot and it promptly flew back past him into the net.

To their credit, Liverpool were level within five minutes when Sadio Mane –  a constant threat to the Real rearguard – prodded in an equaliser after DejanLovren had headed on a James Milner corner.

In doing so, he became the fourth African player to score in a Champions League final.

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scores his side’s 2nd goal against Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev

Then came the bicycle kick with virtually Bale’s first touch.

Mane was only denied a second by the thickness of post before Karius’ nightmare of epic proportions was complete from Bale’s long-distance but saveable shot.

The fact the German goalkeeper has had a good season and become Liverpool number one this season will be forgotten and he will need the support of his team-mates if his fledgling career is to recover from this experience.

For the statisticians and lovers of quirky trivia among you, Benzema’s opener was the first goal in a Champions League by a Frenchman since his manager Zidane’s winner for Real in the 2002 final against Bayer Leverkusen.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19, became the youngest ever Englishman to appear in a Champions League Final.

Toni Kroos became the first German player to appear in four Champions League finals.

Andrew Robertson was the first Scot to play in a Champions League Final since Paul Lambert for Borussia Dortmund in 1997.

And Bale became the third British player to score in different European Cup finals and first substitute to score twice in a Champions League Final.

Fitting that Bale had the final word on a night another chapter of a legendary Euro dynasty was written by Real Madrid.

They have done it again!

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