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Ferdinand has backed the Reds to triumph over Real in Kiev

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has told talkSPORT he thinks Liverpool have a ‘very, very good chance’ of beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The Reds will meet the holders in Kiev on Saturday, May 26 in a game you can hear live on talkSPORT.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have dazzled throughout the season, while for Los Blancos it has been a somewhat nervy trip to the final.

But Ferdinand, who lifted the Champions League trophy in 2008 with United, believes the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane could give the Premier League side the edge.

“This game isn’t a given for anyone, it’s a 50-50 in my eyes,” said Ferdinand.

“I think both teams have got some great weapons, obviously the Liverpool front three are devastating and they’ve been in great form all year.

“[Mohamed] Salah stands out among them three but then you’ve got the [Cristiano] Ronaldo factor for Real Madrid.

“Added to that, the experience that team possess, back-to-back finals, this will be the third on the spin if they win it.

“So that experience, in my experience, counts for a lot.

“But if Liverpool handle themselves the way they have in the rounds previous – City no-one fancied them and they then went to Roma and destroyed Roma, done a job on them.

“If they can take all that experience into this final and they contain their emotions then they’ve got a very, very good chance.”


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