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Iago Aspas reveals his ‘appreciation’ for former club Liverpool, gives verdict on CL final

Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas has nailed his colours to the mast and declared his allegiance for Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The Reds are set to take on Los Blancos in Paris on May 28 after easing past Villareal 5-2 on aggregate. Although the result looks emphatic, the Anfield giants did not have things all  their own way. The LaLiga outfit led 2-0 at the break during this week’s second leg, levelling the tie at 2-2.

However, second-half goals by Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane ensured the Merseysiders quadruple bid is still alive. They will take on Carlo Ancelotti’s men at Stade de France after Real’s amazing victory over Manchester City.

Trailing 5-3 on aggregate, Rodrygo scored twice in the space of a minute. And Karim Benzema’s extra-time penalty gave the Spanish side passage into the showpiece event.

Real are looking for a double having already secured the league title. But Jurgen Klopp’s side are still alive in three competitions having already bagged the EFL Cup.

The Champions league final will bring down the curtain on 2021-2022 in Europe. It has all the makings of a classic, with both clubs packed full of attacking talent.

Aspas spent one unsuccessful season with Liverpool in 2013-2014. The 34-year-old netted just one goal from 15 outings, starting only five Premier League games.

But he made it clear who he wants to see lift the trophy in the French capital.

“I have a lot of appreciation for Liverpool, but I prefer Real Madrid to win because they give more hype to La Liga,” he told Cadena Ser.

Aspas shows his true colours in Spain

Aspas joined Liverpool from Celta de Vigo in the summer of 2013, with the Reds paying in the region of £9m for the forward. Much was expected of the Spain international but he failed to deliver the goods.

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In a side containing the likes of  Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, he found game time hard to come by. The Galician also struggled with the English language and failed to settle in the north west.

However back in his homeland, the hitman found the net ten times 10 while on loan with Sevilla. He then returned to Celta and has scored goals for fun ever since.

Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp Everton v Liverpool June 2020

The veteran has notched 131 times from 261 outings in all competitions during his second stint at Balaidos.

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