Champions League Final Preview - David James
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Champions League Final Preview - David James

Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James is confident his old team will beat Real Madrid to win the Champions League final – and thinks the Reds should be held in the same esteem as Manchester United’s treble-winning side if they do. Jurgen Klopp’s men have already secured two trophies this season, winning the League Cup and FA Cup, but narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City. However, the Merseysiders have a chance at redemption – and a treble – should they overcome Los Blancos to be crowned champions of Europe. James has compared the Reds to United’s 1999 side – and feels the two teams belong in the same bracket.


Comparison To United’s 1999 Exploits

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Which team is better [between Liverpool now and Manchester United in 1999]? 

“That’s like trying to compare [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo with Pele – it was a different era with a different way of playing football. 

“The similarity would be the belief that these teams have got, the belief that they were never beaten, the belief that they had the quality and skill to win games when everyone thought they’d lose. 

“They both deserve to be in the same position. If Liverpool beat Real Madrid then they’d both be on the same pedestal.”

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Come From Behind Capacity

James explained that his confidence in Liverpool stems from their capacity to come back from behind, but recognises that the La Liga champions also possess this skill – as they showcased against City. 

“The one thing that’s striking about Liverpool is they’ve come from behind four times in the last five games, which compared to the rest of the season is crazy,” he added. 

“Now they’re playing Real Madrid, who made it to the final on the back of being down and coming back to win, so whoever is leading with 15 minutes to go needs to remember the team they’re playing against are pretty good at coming back to win games. 

“If I was a betting man, I wouldn’t be betting on winners, I’d be betting on over 3.5 goals!

“I would go for 2-2 with extra-time. Who would win it? There’s something about Liverpool this season. 

“I’m going for Liverpool, simply because they’ve lost three games all season, so this isn’t a side that loses.”





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