Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp during the press conference. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
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To Juergen Klopp, Saturday's much-anticipated Champions League final will rest on whether Real Madrid's drive to win their third successive title outstrips Liverpool's desire for their first since 2005 .With pedigree like that, Liverpool are rather more than cocky upstarts out to take a swipe at Real and it will be a surprise if Klopp does not keep faith with the free-flowing brand of football that has made them the competition's leading scorers with 40 goals.Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma were all blown away in the knockout stages with stunning first-leg performances that delivered 13 goals, most from their frontline trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian maestro whose 44 goals have spearheaded their season.Liverpool tend to score in bursts, often in the first half, and if they seize the initiative on Saturday Real may struggle to play catch up against a team never so dangerous as when they defend.Another triumph would make Real the fourth team to claim three successive European crowns -- and the only ones to do it twice -- while Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to become the first player in the Champions League era to win five titles, four with Real.
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