Xabi Alonso believes Liverpool can beat Real Madrid and be European champions but only if they cope with the pressure of playing in a Champions League final.

Alonso won Europe ´ s premier tournament with Liverpool in 2005 and Real in 2014 , having spent five years playing for both of this season ´ s finalists.

Real are no strangers to this stage of the competition . They have reached three of the last four Champions League finals and won them all , with Saturday´ s showdown offering them the chance for a third consecutive triumph .

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“They have to prepare for the game very well because Real Madrid have all the experience,” Alonso said , in a video interview sent to AFP on Monday .

“For all the Liverpool players it will be their first Champions League final . They have to deal with this emotional side which is almost as important as the football side .

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“If they can get the right balance between the excitement and the motivation , that will be the right way to approach this final.”