Van Dijk devastated after Champions League loss: "This is terrible"

Real Madrid Vs. Liverpool- UEFA Champions League Final Previews

Jordan Henderson could become the first Sunderland Academy graduate to lift the Champions League trophy when his Liverpool side travel to Kiev to face European giants and reigning champions Real Madrid.

Klopp told his players there would be more finals to play, outlining his vision of where he wanted the club to go, and Henderson says he was hooked.

When the Italian kingpins threatened to complete the comebacks of all comebacks, Real Madrid found a way to win as they did in the midst of a semi-final onslaught by Germany's most dominant club.

"We had to work really hard for that, just as this year, until the last game of the season to grab fourth spot".

And when today's match kicks off in Kyiv (1:45 p.m., TSN) there won't be much hope of them beating two-time returning champions, and 12-time winners overall, Real Madrid.

Liverpool might have been one of the most prolific attacking outfits in Europe this season, but there is little to no quality beyond the fearsome front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, especially since the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January.

"I still don't think we have realised the scale of what we are doing, but when all this is over we will". The German global, who is set to depart Anfield in the summer after rejecting a number of contract offers from the club, has already made six Champions League starts for the Reds.

This will be Liverpool's 378th game in European competitions, and the 196th in the European Cup.

For Liverpool's trio, their record-breaking 29 goals so far could yet all be in vain.

Gerrard Houllier, Liverpool manager 1998-2004: "When we are talking about attractive and absolute football, then we are talking about Liverpool". I have seen his team play many matches and it's just fantastic football. But if Klopp's team start well, and get that head of steam we know and love, they are close to irresistible.

"I never really go to big games to watch as a fan but I was in Cardiff", the Netherlands worldwide explained. "If we do that, we can hurt them".

"They'll be watching this weekend and could have been playing", Henry said.

Liverpool lost the 2016 Europa League final to Sevilla, and Henderson believes it's time to deliver.

A mere 284 days after commencing their Champions League campaign at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Hoffenheim, Liverpool will play their first Champions League final in 11 years.