Revisiting the Liverpool vs. Real Madrid 2018 Champions League final: Salah v Ramos, Karius howler and Bale magic in Kyiv

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Liverpool wrap up their 2021/22 season with a Champions League final showdown against Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28.

However, alongside the potential for a seventh European Cup/Champions League title on the line in the French capital, Jurgen Klopp's side have unfinished business with Los Blancos.

Paris is the stage for a third Liverpool Champions League final appearance under Klopp, with their 2019 success over Tottenham balanced against a 2018 defeat to Real Madrid in Kyiv.

Real Madrid's 13th European Cup/Champions League title was achieved in controversial style in Ukraine's capital as Zinedine Zidane's experienced side won a third straight trophy.

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Mo Salah vs Sergio Ramos: Dark Arts from the Los Blancos skipper?

Mohamed Salah headed into the final on the back of a record-breaking first season at Anfield with 44 goals in all competitions in 2017/18.

However, the Egyptian's final was cut short after just 28 minutes following a tangle with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

Ramos appeared to forcefully drag Salah to the floor as they tussled for possession with Salah eventually leaving the field in tears with a shoulder injury.

The post-game response indicated the incident was another example of Ramos' dark arts in big games with speculation he deliberately injured Salah as a cynical move to nullify Liverpool's star man.

The incident caused outrage amongst Liverpool fans, with over 200,000 supporters signing a petition to UEFA to retrospectively punish Ramos for injuring Salah.

Ramos further angered Liverpool fans by dismissing the injury, claiming the incident was overhyped, after he appear to mock Salah on the pitch.

Salah has hinted he is out for revenge in Paris by claiming Real Madrid was the only team he wanted to face in the final.

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Lorius Karius: Double howler in Kiev

Salah's exit disrupted Liverpool on the night but they held Real Madrid at bay until the 50th minute at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex.

However, goalkeeper Loris Karius gifted Los Blancos an opener, from which Liverpool never fully recovered.

The German stopper had a pre-game reputation of errors and lapses in concentration and it was his casual throw out which Karim Benzema pounced on for the breakthrough.

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Karius' error was compounded by a later mistake for Gareth Bale's clincher and his Liverpool career was dramatically ended at the final whistle.

He joined Besiktas on loan for two seasons from the start of the 2018/19 season and Union Berlin in 2020.

Technically, he is still a Liverpool player, with his contract expiring next month, but he never featured again for Klopp after that infamous night in Kyiv.

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Bale at the Double: Gareth breaks Liverpool hearts

Despite Sadio Mane's equalising Benzema's goal before the hour mark, Real Madrid's experience remained vital, as Zidane's side began to turn the screw.

Zidane threw on Gareth Bale to inject some added impetus to the Real Madrid attack, and the Welsh star produced a moment of inspiration to swing the tie back in their favour.

Marcelo's cross was behind Bale, but the flying winger sprang away from Dejan Lovren, to fire home an outrageous bicycle kick.

Bale's brilliance stunned Liverpool and his speculative drive was fumbled by Karius to crown Real Madrid as champions for the third year in succession.

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However, Bale's Los Blancos career arguably peaked that night, with his fractured relationship with the Real Madrid fans souring over the last four seasons.

Despite his incredible haul of trophies in Madrid, persistent negative media coverage has left him ostracised in the Spanish capital ahead of his summer exit, but Carlo Ancelotti has hinted he could have a role to play in Paris.

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Feargal is a content producer for The Sporting News.