Benzema can shine on grandest stage

In a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final, Liverpool will face Real Madrid to determine who will become kings of Europe.

Los Blancos won that meeting thanks to two astonishing goals from Gareth Bale but Jurgen Klopp’s men are a different proposition these days with a European and Premier League crown under their belts.

Real have proved their mettle in the knockout stages and will hope to pass one more examination against a formidable Liverpool side.

Benzema set to be the main man again
Since Cristiano Ronaldo departed Real Madrid in 2018, Karim Benzema has been freed to be the focal point at Real Madrid and prove just what a devastating player he can be.

When the Portuguese was at the Bernabeu, the striker had to provide support and be the right-hand man despite playing as a natural centre forward but now the whole team is built around his needs.

It has led to an explosion of goals and he has particularly stood up and been counted in the Champions League.

This season, he has scored 15 times in the competition.

It has been the timing and stature of the goals that has been most impressive — he bagged a hat-trick to see Los Blancos come from 2-0 down to win the last 16 against PSG 3-2 on aggregate.

Benzema hit another hat-trick in the quarter-final first-leg win at Chelsea before scoring the extra-time winner in the second leg.

Then he struck another stoppage-time clincher in the semi against Manchester City after netting twice in the first leg and it seems improbable he will not play a part in the final.

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