Ramos: We can't let Liverpool be inspired in Kiev

Sergio Ramos acknowledged that stopping the pace and energy of Liverpool's attack is a priority for Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The Reds’ front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have notched 29 of the team’s 40 goals in the competition proper this season between them to help launch Jürgen Klopp’s side into European football’s biggest match.

Real defender Ramos has been studying his direct rivals on Saturday night in Kiev and noted the threat Liverpool pose, particularly on the counter-attack.

“We know they’re very tough opponents. They are very fast going forward and can really hurt you on the break,” the Spaniard, who is aiming to lift the trophy for a fourth time, told UEFA.

“Firmino and Salah are such quick and direct players who are very difficult to get hold of, so we’ll try to keep them under control and ensure they don’t have one of their inspired days, because they can certainly cause you damage.

“[Liverpool are] very good technically and are full of pace, but we’ll try to hurt them with our players who have similar attributes.

“We know we can also cause them problems on the counter. We’ll try to take advantage of that and we also know we are a threat from set-pieces.”

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