Paul Merson predicts Liverpool v Real Madrid UCL final
Paul Merson in his column with the Daily Star is tipping Liverpool FC to comfortably beat Real Madrid to win the 2022 UEFA Champions League final this month.
The Reds secured their spot in the European final following their 3-2 comeback victory over Villarreal in midweek, with Jurgen Klopp’s men coming from two goals down in Spain to win 5-2 on aggregate.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, booked their place in the final in Paris with a remarkable last-gasp victory over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side, as Carlo Ancelotti’s side scored second-half two-stoppage time goals and then won the match in extra-time.
The stage is now set for a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final when Real Madrid beat Liverpool FC 3-1 to win the trophy and it remains to be seen who comes out victorious.
Former Arsenal and England star Merson is confident that the Reds will simply have too much for the Spanish side in the final in Paris on 28 May. As of today, Liverpool are now 1/2 with Odds to BetOn to win the Champions League, with Real Madrid 13/8.
Writing in his column for the Daily Star over the weekend, Merson said:
“The quadruple is well and truly on for Liverpool now because I don’t know how Manchester City pick themselves up after this week’s disaster.
“What happened to City against Real Madrid, I’ve never seen anything like it. They were as comfortable as it gets and then… wow. Rattle someone sometimes and they break. That’s what happened to the City. They had the Champions League final in their hands and threw it away. This affects them hugely now.”
“Liverpool will beat Real Madrid. They won’t mess about. They will have too much for them in the Champions League Final.
“Chelsea in the FA Cup Final is the harder game for them in my opinion. The last three times they’ve played each other the game’s ended in a draw. And let’s face it, Chelsea should have won the Carabao Cup Final. They were the better team.”
Liverpool FC star Mohamed Salad turned up the heat ahead of his side’s final against Real Madrid when he posted a tweet aimed at Real Madrid, saying: “We have a score to settle.”
We have a score to settle. pic.twitter.com/MWxfhIIW78
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 4, 2022
The Reds, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night, will return to action in the Premier League on Tuesday when they travel to take on Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa side at the Villa Park.
Following the Villa Park fixture, next in line for the Merseyside outfits will be against Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final on Saturday, Reds are also favourite for the trophy with Odds to BetOn, before their final two Premier League games against Southampton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers.