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Luka Modric: "Liverpool deserve to be in the final"

Luka Modric acknowledges that, while Liverpool were not one of the pre-tournament favourites to win the Champions League, they deserve respect in next week's final.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has warned his teammates that they face a "very difficult match" in next week's Champions League final against Liverpool.

The Reds have defied the odds to make it all the way to the May 26 final in Kiev, remaining on track for their first continental triumph since 2005.

Madrid head into the match as favourites, having lifted the famous trophy in three of the last four seasons, but former Tottenham Hotspur ace Modric is wary of the talent in Liverpool's ranks.

"They weren't one of the favourites, but when you look at the matches they've played you see that Liverpool deserve to be in the final," he is quoted as saying by Spanish outlet Marca. "They're a good team, they have a great coach and a very difficult match awaits us. But we will be prepared."

Madrid beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals to progress through, while Liverpool overcome Roma 7-6 across the two legs.

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3Liverpool86201531220
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5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
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11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
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2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132
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