Liverpool and Real Madrid’s starting XIs ‘revealed by UEFA’

UEFA may have accidentally revealed Jurgen Klopp and Zinedine Zidane’s starting XIs and formations over 24 hours before the Champions League final.

Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to go face-to-face in Kiev on Saturday night to aim of becoming kings of Europe.

Klopp and Zidane will be keeping their plans close to their chest – but Europe’s governing body might have let their plans slip early.

On the press box monitors in the Olimpiyskiy Stadium the list of starting line-ups, in formation, alongside substitutes were broadcast on Friday night.

They showed Klopp sticking with the same side which lost to Roma in the second leg of their semi-final – playing in the familiar 4-3-3 formation which has been a hit this season.

James Milner returns to the team after missing out on the final Premier League game of the season with a muscle problem.

Emre Can, who has been laid off since March 17, has made a remarkable comeback but will only be placed on the bench for what could be his last Reds appearance.

The usual destructive front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will aim to bring the European Cup back to Anfield for a sixth time in the club’s history.

Real are targeting a record 13th crown and a third Champions League final win on the bounce and Zidane has predictably named a strong XI.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the competition’s top scorer with 15th strikes, has passed his fitness worries to partner Karim Benzema up front.

But Isco, rather than Gareth Bale, will play just behind them and offer width to the free scoring hit men – a massive blow for the Welshman with a summer exit looming.

The rest of the La Liga giant’s team is expected with the midfield triangle of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric set out to thwart the Reds.

The screens also confirmed both teams will play in their traditional home colours, with Serbian referee Milorad Mazic taking charge of the whistle.

Teams in full

Liverpool : Karius, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Moreno, Lallana, Can, Solanke

Real Madrid : Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema

Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Vazquez, Hakimi, Asensio, Kovacic

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