Super Bale sinks Liverpool as Madrid make it three in a row

Super Bale sinks Liverpool as Madrid make it three in a row

Super Bale sinks Liverpool as Madrid make it three in a row

It is some comeback.

Bale, dropped to the bench by coach Zinedine Zidane, is facing an uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu after a hard season with the Spanish giants.

Not that Bale always appears to enjoy some of that profile.

"Now is the time to enjoy this", Ronaldo said on television after the game in Kiev, Ukraine. It fuelled discussion over Bale's future and his relationship with Zidane.

Liverpool's hopes of securing a sixth UEFA Champions League crown were rocked as star winger Mohamed Salah exited the 2018 final in the 30th minute with tears streaming down his cheeks after suffering a suspected shoulder injury.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich had made an nearly incomprehensible mistake to gift Benzema a goal in the semi-final, and Karius's gaffe was every bit as bad.

And Garcia has no doubt he will be at his best against Real Madrid. "I've never scored bicycle-kick before, I've had many attempts, so it was nice to see one go in on such an important occasion".

Jan Oblak at Atletico Madrid would fit the bill and give Liverpool one of the top five keepers in the world, while the Roma keeper Alisson Becker is another who would be an upgrade.

Isco had been denied by the crossbar shortly prior to that, but Liverpool - creaking ever since the talismanic Mohamed Salah had been forced off with a shoulder problem in the first half - were quick to dust themselves down after going behind.

Salah, who has scored 44 goals for the club this season, tried to carry on after the incident in the 26th minute.

Salah was replaced by Adam Lallana, who had only recently returned from a hamstring injury.

At that stage the suspicion was that Liverpool were mentally gone, but four minutes later a right-wing corner brought an equaliser, Virgil van Dijk heading down for Mane to stab in. (EPA) Salah was in tears as he left the pitch.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's long wait for a European trophy continues, after the German lost as manager of Dortmund in the 2013 final.

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