Liverpool vs Real Madrid: How to watch Champions League final for free

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Liverpool and Real Madrid descend on the Stade de France on Saturday night for the Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are seeking redemption after losing an acrimonious 2018 final against Madrid, when Mohamed Salah was forced off with an injury and Gareth Bale scored a spectacular overhead kick.

Liverpool are the slim favourites heading into the clash but few will discount Madrid after a series of spectacular comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City to reach the final.

Rafael Benitez, who managed both clubs, has issued a warning to the Reds ahead of the final due to Real’s fighting spirit. He said: “At Real Madrid it’s more about having quality players who can make the difference on their own - Carlo Ancelotti can organise the team. It’s giving them the confidence to play as well as they can.

“Ancelotti then has the ability - through experience - to make the right decisions. And that’s what it is - experience. His knowledge has given him an ability to make the right decisions on more occasions.” But how can fans watch and when is kick-off? Here’s all you need to know.

When and where is it?

The Champions League final has been delayed by 30 minutes after fans struggled to get into the stadium in Paris before kick-off. The final will now kick-off at 8:30pm BST, according to Uefa.

How can I watch?

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match on BT Sport 1, with coverage due to begin at 6pm.

Subscribers can watch the game via the BT Sport app or online player, while the broadcaster will also be providing a free stream on their YouTube channel.

Team News

Liverpool have been handed a huge boost as both Thiago and Fabinho start in midfield after recent injury scares. Jurgen Klopp has opted for Ibrahima Konate over Joel Matip in defence, while Luis Duiz starts alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in attack. Divock Origi has been ruled out.

Real Madrid have made one change from the team that started their semi-final second leg against Manchester City, with David Alaba returning from injury to replace Nacho in defence. Federico Valverde starts ahead of Rodrygo on the right, who has been held in reserve alongside Eduardo Camavinga. Gareth Bale is also named on the bench.

Confirmed line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Konate, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson, Diaz, Mane, Salah

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

Odds

Liverpool - 11/10

Draw - 13/5

Real Madrid - 23/10

Prediction

Real Madrid have pulled off some dizzying comebacks in this season’s Champions League but Liverpool are a stronger squad and have consistently shown the ability to rise to the occasion themselves. They will be even more determined after missing out on the final day of the Premier League season and will be desperate to avenge their defeat against Madrid in the 2018 final. Real Madrid 1-3 Liverpool.

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