Referee for Champions League final was present for Liverpool nightmare years ago

UEFA has announced that French official Clement Turpin will take charge of Liverpool's Champions League final against Real Madrid – and the referee already has a history with the Reds' European Cup exploits.

Turpin, 39, was the fourth official when Jurgen Klopp's side faced Los Blancos in Kyiv – when now-exiled goalkeeper Loris Karius dropped two clangers to hand victory to the newly-crowned Spanish champions.

First the German rolled the ball out for Karim Benzema to fire home, before mishandling Gareth Bale's speculative effort to put the game firmly out of Liverpool's reach. The 2018 final proved to be his last for the club as Klopp moved swiftly to sign current no.1 and fan favourite Alisson.

And while this year's final will be Turpin's first, the Frenchman does have bags of European experience – some of which makes for pleasant reading if you're a Liverpool fan. The 39-year-old took charge of the Reds' last 16 second leg match against RB Leipzig where quickfire goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ensured their safe passage into the quarter-finals.

Turpin was also the man with the whistle during last season's Europa League final where fierce rivals Manchester United lost a thrilling penalty shoot-out to Villarreal as David de Gea saw his tame spot-kick saved.

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However, his appointment might not be all good news for Klopp's men. In his many times taking charge of a Los Blancos fixtures, Turpin is yet to oversee anything other than a victory for Europe's most decorated side.

The Frenchman has held the whistle on four occasions for Real Madrid: a 4-0 win over Ludogorets in 2014, a 2-0 victory at AS Roma in 2018, a narrow 3-2 triumph against Inter Milan in 2020 and the 3-1 win vs Chelsea this season.

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