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Friday, 04 May, 2018

Jurgen Klopp said his Liverpool team have played "crazy" football to reach the Champions League final, after a thrilling 7-6 aggregate win over Roma.

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"It was the first semi-final for most of the boys so normal to have to keep nerves in".

Jurgen Klopp's men will wrap up their Premier League campaign against Brighton at Anfield before jetting off to Kiev to take on Real.

Roma's 4-2 victory over Liverpool in the Italian capital was the latest in a string of memorable Champions League encounters.

"The VAR would have given us what was taken from us tonight", Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said. "I never felt they were in any danger tonight, remember over two legs there were a couple of penalties that were never penalties", added Keane while analysing Roma's goals. This is a team that can win 5-2 and feel like it has been beaten, and a team that can lose 4-2 and feel like it has triumphed, all in the space of eight days.

By the end of Wednesday's match, Liverpool was hanging on for qualification with a 19-year-old academy graduate at right back (Trent Alexander-Arnold), a left back who was relegated from the Premier League with Hull last season and was playing in Scotland's lower leagues five years ago (Andrew Robertson), and an unheralded centre back from Estonia (Ragnar Klavan).

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When Liverpool last won the Champions League in 2005, their miraculous comeback from three goals down in the final against AC Milan obscured the pedestrian nature of Rafael Benitez's side.

"People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final.' We were in the Europa League final too". He explained: "We already had an agreement a few games ago that I would run to him if I scored but it didn't happen".

"They told us immediately it will be completely different in Madrid with the atmosphere and all those things".

The Brazil global played in Mane, who showed none of his first-half skittishness from the opening leg and finished assuredly. I said it before the semifinal, everybody will remind me from now on that I lost the last five finals.

Mohamed Salah (10), Roberto Firmino (10) and Sadio Mane (9) are now the highest scoring trio for a club in a single Champions League season - overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for Real Madrid in 2013-14. 34 years on, Liverpool are once again the side who condemn them.

On Tuesday Real qualified for their third final in a row and were joined 24 hours later by Liverpool. "They should fear us".

Liverpool will start the match as underdogs despite having one of the most formidable attacks in the competition so far.