Gerrard, Lampard & Ferdinand: What would happen if Liverpool played Madrid in the final

Everyone at Liverpool would have had a close eye on Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich as they played out their semi-final second-leg on Tuesday night.

Liverpool have one foot in the Champions League final thanks to their 5-2 first-leg victory, but Madrid and Munich battled it out to become the first finalist in Kiev.

And it was Zinedine Zidane’s side that came out on top…just.

Bayern knew they needed to score at least twice at the Bernabeu in order to progress and they did just that. Unfortunately for them, though, they also conceded two goals of their own as Madrid edged through 4-3 on aggregate.

The German side will be kicking themselves after failing to convert the whole host of chances they carved out for themselves.

As for Liverpool, you have to feel their odds of winning the Champions League got slightly shorter after Madrid’s very unconvincing two-legged victory.

In fact, BT Sport pundits Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand all believe Liverpool have a fantastic chance of punishing a fairly underwhelming Los Blancos side if they join them in the final.

After analysing the match, all three claimed that Liverpool’s dangerous attack could really hurt Madrid if they face them in the final.

“If you think about the amount of chances Bayern had over the two legs, I can’t see Liverpool being that wasteful,” Gerrard told BT Sport.

“I think Liverpool are more clinical than Bayern Munich and if those chances come about in a final I think they could really hurt them.”

It was something that Lampard certainly agreed with.

“I think they [Liverpool] will [fancy they’re chances],” the former Chelsea star added. “We kept highlighting areas around full-backs and centre-halves today, and we’ve seen it time and time again in both of these legs.

“As we know this is Liverpool’s real strength – to get in these areas.

“If you start imagining these players like Mo Salah, Mane, even the full-backs in terms of Robertson overlapping it’s where Liverpool are so strong. If Liverpool give them those chances they can certainly hurt them.”

And even Manchester United legend Ferdinand had to admit Liverpool stand a great chance if Madrid make the same mistake they did against Bayern in the final.

“If they go into that game and play 4-4-2 the way they did today I think they’ll get picked apart and destroyed in the final. I don’t see them doing that, I see them playing the three in midfield and making sure they don’t get outnumbered in that area,” Ferdinand said.

Of course, Liverpool need to finish their job in Rome on Wednesday before they can even think about a Champions League final in Kiev.

If they concede less that than three goals, they will progress to the final but Klopp will no doubt be thinking the best form of defence is attack and look to kill off the tie early on.

Only then can they think about facing Madrid…