Bale sinks Liverpool dreams in Champions League final

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It is some comeback.

Zidane over Bale, now and forver.

Not that Bale always appears to enjoy some of that profile.

For once, Bale overshadowed teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a quiet game in the Ukrainian capital. It fuelled discussion over Bale's future and his relationship with Zidane.

Gareth Bale's outstanding overheard kick, Loris Karius' shocking mistakes, and that devastating Mohamed Salah injury - it was an unforgettable Champions League final for a number of reasons. He is to leave Real Madrid this summer.

Navas is a world-class goalkeeper and he has now won three Champions Leagues, but it is debatable whether Liverpool will win one with Karius in goal.

Anfield's Egyptian King has scored 44 goals in all competitions this season - including TEN in Europe - and completed a clean sweep of Player of the Year awards after a sensational debut campaign in a Reds shirt. Liverpool players were inconsolable at full time, needless to say, but once the pain of defeat subsides they can look back with vast pride at their achievements in the competition this term.

Salah was replaced by Adam Lallana, who had only recently returned from a hamstring injury.

Salah's exit gave Real an immediate lift because they had been nervous and edgy up until that point in the game.

Liverpool started strongly without creating any real chances of note but were dealt a major blow when Mohamed Salah went off injured in the 29th minute.

"We are Liverpool", Klopp told reporters.

Liverpool's Senegal forward Mane was sharp to react when Lovren rose to head the ball goalwards and their travelling fans sensed the Anfield side's spirit could turn the game around.

Zidane stood and applauded and he was joined by thousands of Liverpool fans filling nearly three-quarters of the ground who, despite the cruel blow, appreciated the quality. They simply lost their confidence and Real pounced as great champions always do.

The Egyptian forward tried to get up but couldn't shake off the injury and was in tears as he walked off the pitch in the European final.

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