With a 5-2 aggregate triumph over Villarreal last week, Jurgen Klopp’s side qualified for their third final in five seasons. Los Blancos, on the other hand, came from behind to defeat Manchester City 6-5 over two legs.
This is the first final meeting between the two sides since the notorious 2018 clash. That was the game in which Mohamed Salah was sent off before halftime after colliding with Sergio Ramos.
In a game largely remembered for Loris Karius’s two stunning errors. Gareth Bale proved to be the match-winner with an incredible overhead kick.
Football News: What did Rodriguez say?
Rodriguez is hoping Liverpool can win the game in Paris because of his connection to Colombian teammate Luis Diaz. “I want Liverpool to win the title,” he stated. “I have a lot of friends in Real Madrid. They’re a tough side for this type of match, but I want Lucho (Diaz) to win.”
Despite having previously played for Real Madrid and Everton, Liverpool’s main rivals. Rodriguez began his career in Colombia before coming to Europe to play for Porto and Monaco.
Rodriguez won a big-money move to Real Madrid for an estimated sum of £63 million after performing at the 2014 World Cup. He had a fantastic first season with Los Blancos, scoring 17 goals in 47 games.
Injuries ruined his career
However, the 30-year-old began to suffer from a series of injuries, limiting his playing time throughout the 2015/16 season. Throughout his tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu, this was a recurring topic.
Rodriguez went on to spend two years on loan at Bayern Munich, scoring 15 goals and assisting 20 times in 67 appearances. He returned to Los Blancos for the start of the 2019/10 season, but it was another disappointing campaign for him, as he only made 14 appearances across all competitions.
In the summer of 2020, he opted to leave Real and join Everton as Carlo Ancelotti began to rebuild his Blues squad. Rodriguez was a fan favourite because of the quality he brought to the club, despite never playing in front of a full Goodison Park due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rodriguez helped Everton to a top-half finish with six goals and nine assists in 27 games before deciding to leave in the summer.
For an undisclosed amount, he moved to Al-Rayyan, where he has scored four times in the Saudi Premier League.