Gareth Bale sends warning to Liverpool as Real Madrid star ‘ready’ for Champions League final showdown | Soccer

Bale sank Liverpool with an exceptional goal in 2018 (Image: Getty)

Gareth Bale is ‘ready’ to inflict more misery on Liverpool in tonight’s Champions League final.

The Wales international has become a forgotten man at Real Madrid, having played just four games this season after returning from a loan spell at Tottenham last summer.

The 32-year-old is set to leave the Spanish capital when his contract expires next month after playing a key role in some of Real’s biggest successes over the past decade.

Bale has won four Champions League titles with Los Blancos and scored twice against Liverpool in the 2018 clash with Liverpool in Kyiv.

The former Southampton starlet wrote his name in history that night with a stunning overhead kick to put his side ahead and sealed victory with a second try thanks to a Loris Karius error in a triumphant 3-1 win .

Bale has managed just seven minutes of Champions League football this season, three- and four-minute cameos against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea respectively in the knockout rounds.

But the Welshman is in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad ahead of tonight’s final, tweeting “#UCL final ready” as the countdown to kick-off begins.

Despite his contribution to Real’s recent successes, Bale has been targeted by Real Madrid supporters and the Spanish press in recent years, who have aggressively questioned his commitment to the cause.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watched footage of the Champions League final four years ago when Bale scored twice to end Liverpool’s hopes in Kyiv and was almost speechless when he saw a clip of Bale’s incredible acrobatic performance being his gave the team a 2-1 lead.

“The people in Madrid don’t love him?” asked Klopp. “I would only love him for that goal to be honest if I were a Madrid fan. I can not believe that.’

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