Liverpool FC: The Road to Kiev – Champions League final 2017/18

Watch Liverpool’s journey to the Champions League final as the Reds face holders in Kiev on May 26.

Liverpool have played 14 games in this campaign’s Champions League to reach the final, starting in Germany 280 days ago.

’s side only managed to secure European qualification on the final day of last season, beating Middlesbrough 3-0 thanks to goals from , Philippe Coutinho and .

Liverpool’s fourth-placed finish last season meant they had to face Hoffenheim in a tricky two-legged Champions League qualifying round.

However, the Reds emphatically delivered on the big stage under Klopp, as they beat the German side 6-3 on aggregate to book their place in the group stages.

Watch Liverpool’s ‘Road to Kiev’ below or read on for a reminder of the Reds’ journey to the final.

Liverpool were drawn in a group with Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and NK Maribor – and were widely expected to top their group.

The Reds did just that, finishing the group stages with three wins and three draws whilst scoring 23 goals in the process (second only to PSG) and conceding just six.

Klopp’s energetic Liverpool side laid a marker in Europe as his side put 7 past Maribor, away from home, in their third group stage match.

They repeated the feat with a 7-0 victory against Russian side Spartak, falling just a goal short of their biggest European win – an 8-0 thrashing of Turkish side Besiktas back in 2007.

The Reds were then drawn to face FC in the last 16 of the competition and answered with aplomb.

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A hat-trick and goals from and saw Liverpool put 5 past their Portuguese opponents in the first leg, away from home. A 0-0 draw at Anfield was sufficient to see Klopp’s men progress to the quarter-finals.

A mammoth tie against Premier League runaways ensued, with Pep Guardiola’s side favourites to edge past a Liverpool side that lacked European experience.

However, the Reds were the only side to have beaten Man City in the league (a 4-3 win in January) and they played with real belief that they could progress to the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition.

Liverpool took control of the tie as first-half goals from , and saw the Reds beat the league leaders 3-0 in the first leg at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino

Man City had the ominous task of putting four goals past Liverpool in the second leg at the Etihad. However after a hard-fought first half, the Reds were lucky to be just a goal down.

Liverpool, however reached their first Champions League semi-final for 10 years after coming from behind to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Salah and Firmino.

Liverpool’s emphatic 5-1 aggregate win over their Premier League rivals saw them being drawn with AS Roma, as Klopp looked to reach his second European final with the Merseyside club.

Salah struck twice against his former side and goals from Firmino (x2) and Mane meant the Reds took command of the tie, despite late defensive lapses in a 5-2 first-leg win on another memorable Anfield night.

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Roma, who had beaten 3-0 in the last round in a remarkable comeback from their 4-1 first leg deficit, had to repeat the feat against an inspired Liverpool side.

However, Liverpool went further ahead in the tie when Mane finished from Firmino’s clever pass. An own goal by Milner levelled the scores on the night but Wijnaldum’s header made it 2-1, and 7-3 on aggregate, as the Reds entered the interval.

Roma scored three more times in the second half via Edin Dzeko and a brace from Radja Nainggolan to give Liverpool plenty of anxious moments.

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Klopp’s side, however, held their nerve as they qualified for the Champions League final in Kiev by the odd goal on aggregate. Liverpool became the first Premier League club to reach the Champions League final since beat on penalties in 2012.

The Reds last won the Champions League in 2005 – 13 years ago – and will be looking to add a sixth European cup to their illustrious history.

“We’ve conquered all of Europe, we’re never going to stop…”

Liverpool FC: The Road to Kiev – Champions League final 2017/18

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