Chelsea vs Liverpool: Conte denies involvement in sale of Salah

Liverpool fans celebrate the final whistle in a bar in Rome city centre

Liverpool fans celebrate the final whistle in a bar in Rome city centre

"I can say at this moment we do have a lot of respect for Madrid, they are one of the best teams in the world, but we are Liverpool, we are strong and we can beat any team in the world".

Liverpool now sit third in the Premier League table but losing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday will hand the Blues, who have a game in hand, a great chance of catching up. I am delighted for the club and players, who I worked with at some stage.

The Merseysiders could be denied Champions League football next season by a combination of finishing outside the top four and losing to Real in the final. "I'm really not in a Champions League final mood, obviously, but I will have a look at what I did in the years before and change everything!"

One of several players to have caught the eye during Liverpool's run has been left-back Andy Robertson, who could become the first Scot since Paul Lambert to play in a Champions League final.

"We know it is in the DNA of Real Madrid to win the Champions League", he said. In the Champions League, when you reach the last 16 or quarter-finals or semi-finals, one referee's decision can decide your future. In the league, over 38 games, usually the team who deserves to win it wins it. Luck is always important in every competition, but when you have the possibility to play 38 games you can show you are the best. I have never spoken about Salah because I think the situation was very clear.

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Jürgen Klopp expects to have an unchanged squad at his disposal for Sunday's Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

With Chelsea making a late push for the top-four, the Reds are looking vulnerable after two draws in a row.

We are going to go there and fight for the fans, for the club, fight without fear and win the final. "But, if we want to keep the hope alive, we have to try to". "It's exactly what we want".

"Joe, we still wait for final assessments".

"There is a financial thing but we want to be there, to play the best teams in Europe", he said.