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Gareth Bale left on Real Madrid bench; Liverpool pick expected XI

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has picked the same starting XI as in last year's Champions League final against Juventus, which means in-form Gareth Bale starts on the bench against Liverpool.

Bale has scored five goals in his past five games, but though he was named to the bench before the final he did not warm up with Madrid's other substitutes on the pitch in Kiev, Ukraine.

Isco starts for the title-holders, with Karim Benzema also in the Madrid team. Cristiano Ronaldo will start up front, while Liverpool's forward line is led by fellow Ballon d'Or contender Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool field the same lineup that started their semifinal second leg against Roma. Jurgen Klopp has been able to boost his bench with the inclusion of Adam Lallana and fit-again Emre Can. 

Striker Danny Ings is not part of Liverpool's matchday squad, while Dominic Solanke, 20, has been named as a substitute.

Real Madrid are chasing their 13th European Cup, which would be their third in a row and fourth in five years. Liverpool seek their sixth title and first since 2005, while Klopp is aiming to end a losing streak in his last five major finals.

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on crutches because of the the season-ending knee injury he suffered last month.

Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema

Liverpool XI: Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane

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