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Liverpool Echo
Charlie Wilson

Marco Asensio identifies Liverpool threat Real Madrid must stop in Champions League final

Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio has identified Liverpool's front three as the danger ahead of the Champions League final.

The Reds take on Carlo Ancelotti's team in Paris on Saturday night as they look to claim the club's seventh European Cup. It will be Jurgen Klopp's side's third Champions League final that they have competed in within the last five years, winning the 2019 showpiece after they defeated Tottenham Hotspur at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium 2-0 with goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi. The previous year they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.

Asensio, who came on in that final, knows that Liverpool are a much stronger team than the one Real faced in Kyiv in 2018, and has identified their dangerous forwards as the players to key in on.

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He told Spanish outlet Marca : "You have to prepare all the phases of the game and analyse the rival. We have to focus above all on ourselves, on our virtues, try not to make mistakes so that they don't take advantage of it.

“They have very fast players up front. Taking care of all that and then there is the heart, the passion we have to achieve another Champions League and how competitive we all are. It is no coincidence that we have reached so many finals and won so many titles.”

Asensio has had a strong season after spending over a year out with a serious ACL injury. He will now look to win the third Champions League trophy of his career after playing roles in their tremendous knockout victorie over Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

He said: "Yes, I can believe [the comebacks], although it's true that it has been a very different Champions League from previous seasons, as all of the knockout stages have been comebacks. They were incredible matches which, when they finished, we had no idea what had happened. There is a relationship with the fans that there hasn't been for a long time. It has been very special for everyone.”

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