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Steven Gerrard issues rallying cry for Liverpool ahead of the Champions League final

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard during the 2005 Champions League final
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard during the 2005 Champions League final
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Steven Gerrard has issued a passionate rallying cry to the Liverpool players ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev.

Gerrard was the last Liverpool captain to lift the most prized trophy in European football when he led his side to a famous victory in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul and he has suggested this is a life-changing moment for Jurgen Klopp’s class of 2018.

“These players have an opportunity to not just change their careers but their lives in general. They are the moments that you dream of,” Gerrard explained to Liverpoolfc.com.

“My message to the players would be: go and grasp it, go and seize the moment you have worked so hard for. Go and reward yourselves for the journey you have taken this club on.

“You’ve got to go in with the belief and confidence; you have come this far. You’ve got to handle the responsibility of being a Liverpool player and you’ve got to go and deliver.

“You’ll get plaudits and praise for getting where you are but not many people remember it if you don’t get over the line and deliver.

“I’m still really good friends with ex-teammates in that team that I played with and I know what it would mean for them. I just hope they go and do it.”

Gerrard also suggested Klopp’s current side is better than Rafael Benitez’s 2005 Champions League winners, as he urged them to make the most of the opportunity they have created for themselves.

“When we did it under Rafa, with all due respect some games we had to grind, a lot of games we had to suffer in and just get over the line,” he added.

“Our strength was mental strength, we never felt we were beaten and you had to work extremely hard to get anything out of us. This team still has the mental toughness but on the eye they look superb.

“Everyone is thinking: ‘Liverpool deserve this’. They have looked the best, they have done it in style and, being a Liverpool fan, it has been brilliant to be part of.”

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