Yet he, too, was unwilling to label Saturday's showdown a straight shoot-out between himself and the Portugal skipper. Just do my job. Real are also looking to extend an extraordinary record of six straight Champions League final wins.
The last one they lost was against - you guessed it - Liverpool in the instalment, when Alan Kennedy scored the only goal eight minutes from time in Paris.
Klopp, by contrast, has lost his last five finals as a manager , including the League Cup and Europa League versions in his debut season with the Reds in The defensive frailties on show in Real's knock-out games should give Liverpool plenty of encouragement as they plot another glory night 13 years on from the miracle of Istanbul.
Los Merengues have also disappointed domestically this term, eventually being forced to settle for a disappointing third-placed finish in La Liga, 17 points adrift of champions Barcelona.
There is perhaps a chance, then, that the holders' potential flakiness and over-reliance on Ronaldo - who was curiously quiet in both Bayern clashes - could finally catch up with them.
Liverpool have had their fair share of injury woes in recent weeks but were handed a triple boost as it emerged that Emre Can, James Milner and Adam Lallana will be available.
Zidane's major decision is whether to include Gareth Bale, who has been in and out of the team this term but has fired five goals in his last four starts.
He is definitely in contention. The return of Dani Carvajal is a welcome tonic for Zidane after the way Lucas Vazquez was exposed as an auxiliary right-back against Bayern.
Indeed, the Frenchman has a fully-fit squad to choose from as he bids to become the first man ever to lead a team to three consecutive Champions League titles - and in just his third season as a manager, too.
Spanish sides have won their last six major European finals against English sides excluding Super Cups , most recently Sevilla beating Liverpool in the Europa League.
Only Barcelona 45 in and Real Madrid 41 in have ever scored more than Liverpool's current tally of 40 in a single campaign in the competition.
The Reds have also kept six clean sheets in the competition this season — no side has kept more level with Barcelona.
Zinedine Zidane has become the first manager to reach three consecutive Champions League finals since Marcello Lippi Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more Champions League final goals than any other player 4 , with the Portuguese scoring in a record three different finals in the competition since - , and Ronaldo could become the first player to score in consecutive finals in the Champions League era, while the last player to do so in the European Cup was Franz Roth and No player to have played for Liverpool this season has ever previously appeared in a Champions League final.
Ronaldo 15 goals, 3 assists and Roberto Firmino 10 goals, 7 assists are the two players with the most goal involvements in the Champions League this season.
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