Paul Merson says Karim Benzema will pick on Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid is challenged by Toni Kroos of Real Madrid during a Real Madrid training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy...

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen vies with Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (2nd R) and Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) during the...

Tottenham Hotspur hammered Liverpool 4-1 at the Wembley Stadium in London in the Premier League back in October 2017.

Harry Kane was the star of the show for Tottenham during that match, as the England international striker scored twice.

Dejan Lovren started the game for Liverpool, but the 28-year-old central defender was substituted just past the half-hour mark.

It was one of the worst performances of the season from the Croatia international centre-back, who has been on the books of the Reds since the summer of 2014 when he joined from Premier League rivals Southampton for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £20 million.

Former Arsenal attacking midfielder Paul Merson has suggested that the 28-year-old centre-back will have a similarly torrid time against Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides second goal and his 100th Premier League goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at...

Merson wrote in The Daily Star: “There are two areas where the game will be won and lost for me. The first is Karim Benzema against Dejan Lovren.

“Benzema is a proper centre-forward and I think you will see how good he is. Harry Kane absolutely roasted Lovren at Wembley this season and I think Benzema will pick on him as well. I think his movement will be too much for Lovren.

“I would play Gareth Bale in this game too. Let him attack Trent Alexander-Arnold. The young defender’s been brilliant this season but he hasn’t faced anyone like Bale.”

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF reacts during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and Real Madrid at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on May 9, 2018 in Seville, Spain.

Attacking prowess

Madrid have one of the best attacking units in Europe, and it is hard to see Liverpool keep a clean sheet.

With players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Gareth Bale and Isco in good form at the moment, the Spanish giants will be confident of winning the Champions League for the third season in a row.

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