Chris Shankly Carline – My Reflections on The Champions League Final

I don’t think we should be downbeat. Gutted losing the final of the biggest game in world football but we competed with Madrid all game. They weren’t better than us. It’s not rocket science to say they were gifted things at crucial points in the game.

Mo’s injury being the first, it rattled us and we lost our shape. Team wasn’t balanced as Lallana isn’t a wide player as hard as he may try. Mo and Sadio play as inside forwards almost.

Clearly Karius did what he did and we won’t say anything more on it. He cost us the game with what are inexplicable errors. I said from day one he wasn’t good enough and I said I preferred Mignolet out the two. He lacks the basic attributes to be a good goalkeeper. Poor decision making, terrible handling and no command of his penalty area. Just because he makes a few Hollywood saves now and then doesn’t mean he’s a solid good goalkeeper as when you lack those basics you’ll always always get found out. A goalkeeper is a must in the Summer and a world class one. I just hope Jurgen doesn’t fall into the same traps that other managers have at the club, displaying a stubbornness towards players they have signed who clearly aren’t good enough but whom continue to be pushed into the team in the hope there is a ‘Eureka!’ moment with them.

I think we have to take positives that the difference was the goalkeeper and that we competed well despite losing Mo.

The game showed things that we must learn from and address in the Summer, namely the lack of plan B and the fact the squad is way too thin in terms of quality. No disrespect to the bench but there was no real quality in it meaning when Bale scored what is a goal that you simply have to applaud, you got the sense we were spent. That needs sorting ASAP with the goalkeeper situation so we can mount the challenge again next year. It is good to see that we have already begun, with the signing of Fabiano who is a much needed real quality defensive centre mid. Keita coming will also be a fantastic signing meaning a midfield that has often been thin on the ground and most definitely devoid of genuine quality already has the makings of being able to stand toe to toe with the front 3 ahead of it and that of our top 4 rivals. I think Fekir plus a world class goalkeeper would represent fantastic business for the Summer ahead.

I’m proud of us though. They’ve given us some unbelievable moments this season and as everyone says, we’ve seen things they’ll never see. Proud of all the reds over there too who showed what real football fans are.

Where to watch the Champions League Final in Liverpool

With just over a week to go until one of the most hotly-anticipated football matches in years, we can’t wait to see Liverpool battle it out with Real Madrid in the Champions League Final on Saturday 26th May.

It’s been a staggering 13 years since the Reds last won the title, making it all the more exciting. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a ticket for Kiev, there are plenty of venues in Liverpool that are screening the big match.

From big screens to sit down meals, DJs and all-inclusive offers, here’s your round up of the best places to watch the Champions League Final in Liverpool.

Bound to be a memorable night, many places have already sold out of seats, so you best get booking!

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant

Bastion - The Shankly

Set within the famous Shankly Hotel, a venue that is dedicated to the Liverpool legend Bill Shankly, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place to watch Liverpool in the Champions League Final.

You and your mates can enjoy all the exciting action from the game on our HD big screens, alongside all the biggest LFC fans in the city.

Especially for the occasion, The Bastion are offering fans a match day offer which includes a choice of one of three delicious dishes, access to prize raffles with AAA sports memorabilia, match day drinks offers and in play drinks promotions.

There will also be some pre-match and post-match entertainment from a fantastic singer, to either lift your spirits or enhance the party atmosphere!

Lucky fans can get all of these amazing extras for just £12.95 per person. Watching the Champions League Final in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant really is the ultimate destination for an LFC fan.

The Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden

One of the most popular destinations for big events in Liverpool, The Garden of Eden are showing the big game, with lots of amazing extras that will keep your spirits high if things don’t go the way we want!

You and your friends can enjoy the Reds take on Real Madrid with a tasty buffet lunch, access to prize raffles with AAA sports memorabilia, match day drinks offers and in-play promotions.

There will also be a talented singer, who will provide some unmissable entertainment in between the football.

For just £16.95, this amazing offer is a steal.

Garden of Eden Terrace

Champions League Final

Set on the rooftop of The Shankly Hotel, Garden of Eden Terrace are showing the match on outdoor big screens in a standing only capacity.

Take in the spectacular skyline views over our glorious city as you enjoy the electric atmosphere of the Champions League Final.  Garden of Eden Terrace is definitely the most picturesque backdrop to what could be an unforgettably historic evening.

For £10 per person, you will receive exclusive access to the Garden of Eden Terrace, front row views of the big screens and a free drink of your choice on entry.

30 James Street

30 James Street - Champions League

If you’re looking for a sophisticated venue to watch the Champions League Final, look no further than the White Star Grand Hall, in the luxurious 30 James Street Hotel.

To celebrate one of Liverpool’s most important match for over ten years, this hotel is offering fans an amazing all-inclusive deal that is sure to sell out.

Enjoy the nail biting action from their huge screens, whilst tucking into a delicious three course meal and unlimited draft, house wine and spirits, all in the breathtaking surroundings of this iconic venue.

One of the best match day deals in Liverpool, you won’t want to miss out on this amazing deal for just £75 per person. To book a table, call 0151 305 5101.

Make the Most of The Champions League Final

Shankly Hotel room - bank holiday weekend in Liverpool

If you really want to make the most of what promises to be the biggest and most electric night in Liverpool, book a stay at The Shankly Hotel and celebrate LFC’s big game in style.

The entire hotel is dedicated to preserving the legacy of footballs greatest manager, Bill Shankly. From the moment you step into The Shankly Hotel guests are greeted by endless displays of Shankly memorabilia relating to the great man and his career.

Every Shankly Hotel room is luxurious and spacious with comfortable double beds, extravagant ensuite bathrooms and facilities that will make any guests stay enjoyable. Explore the city after staying from the amazing central location of the hotel and check out the superb culture of Liverpool during your stay.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk today.