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Liverpool's Champions League dream won't fall at the final hurdle, insists skipper Jordan Henderson

By Adrian Rutherford in Kiev

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has called for one last big effort in tomorrow night’s Champions League final.

The Reds are aiming to lift a sixth European Cup against Real Madrid in Kiev.

On the eve of the game, Henderson said they were determined to bring their European journey to a glorious conclusion.

“We’ve done fantastically well to get to this point but we want to go one step further and win the Champions League,” he said.

Liverpool are aiming for a sixth European Cup triumph in the Ukrainian capital.

Henderson added: “It’s in the DNA of Liverpool to win trophies… we’re going in the right direction to do this.”

The attacking drive of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino has been key to Liverpool’s journey to the final.

Henderson said they have the talent and ability to hurt Madrid.

Boss Jurgen Klopp was a losing finalist with Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final.

Now he stands just 90 minutes from a shot at redemption with Liverpool.

He believes his team’s spirit is behind their European adventure.

“Nine months ago when we started we were already a good football team … maybe a few of us dreamt of being in a final, but it’s possible because of our performances.

“That created a special spirit and you’ve seen it in the last few games - that is why we are here.”

He added: “(The players) have fought so hard to be here. I’m really proud of them already.”

Real are playing in their fourth Champions League final in five years.

Klopp added: “Experience is very important and I’m sure in the seconds before the game Real Madrid will be confident, but for me it’s not important. It’s a new game.”

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