As well as considering last year’s final, reminiscing about winning it in 2005, playing in the 2007 incarnation, and the magical comeback against Barcelona this year, Alonso previewed Saturday night.
“Hopefully it will be an exciting game: a typical Premier League game with high tempo, very demanding, tactically interesting – and I’m pretty sure of that because both managers think about the game and how they want to gain advantage – but I’m not going to predict anything!”
Currently a resident of Madrid, the Basque former midfielder gave his sage advice to Jürgen Klopp’s current crop of Reds as they contest back-to-back Champions League finals.
“[Do] What they have done so far,” he stated with confidence. “I think that they have to be able to play with that energy, with that commitment, with that concentration, with that quality.
“If they are able to have that activation level as they have done against Barca, even at Camp Nou, they will have a big chance to win.
“Later, the small details are very important. You can’t control everything, but the better they control, the better chance they will have.”
The 37-year-old was a huge fan of our miraculous win over Barcelona in the second leg of the semi-finals and seems certain that a steely, never-say-die attitude will get us over the line this time round.
The control he’s talking about is likely to come from the engine room; whatever midfield trio Klopp goes with, their role in controlling the match could be the most decisive factor in how hard we make it for ourselves. Boss the middle of the park and the game could be ours!
That the Reds won’t be up for Saturday night is an impossibility. The energy, focus, and quality will all be on show in the showpiece final in Madrid.