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Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso says both teams should be described as "mentality monsters" ahead of Saturday's Champions League final. Alonso played for Liverpool between 2004 and 2009, before moving to Madrid where he also spent five seasons, winning the Champions League with both clubs. The English and Spanish giants meet at the Stade de France at the weekend in a repeat of the 2018 final, which Madrid won 3-1 in Kyiv. Speaking to BT Sport, Alonso expressed his admiration for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and his ability to get the most from his team.
"Jurgen, I have played many times against him," he said. "Each manager, I think they have their own way, their own book. "You need to be able to give them the right recipe for them to show their best level. Klopp regularly refers to his Liverpool team as "mentality monsters" in relation to their ability to respond to adversity and find a way to win, and Alonso believes this is an accurate assessment, but also feels Ancelotti's men have the same attribute.
"I love when Jurgen says that they are 'mentality monsters' because to do what they are doing, it is not easy," he said. "I was in Kyiv a few years ago and it was great to enjoy with two of my teams. "[They are] both great teams, they both deserve [to win] so I will feel for one not to get it.
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