Lovren on facing Ronaldo in UCL final

Lovren looks set for a starting role alongside Virgil van Dijk this weekend in Kiev and he'll be tasked with facing the UEFA Champions League top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Real attacking talisman has netted 15 times en route to the final this season but the Croatia international claims the high standard of Premier League attackers have suitably prepared him for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"Throughout 15 years, every year he (Ronaldo) scores more than 30 goals," he told reporters, as quoted by Sky Sports. "Even if he has a bad season he scores 30 goals, so you need to pay attention to that.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his side's relative lack of experience in major finals won't be a disadvantage against Real Madrid
"We play in the Premier League against some of the best strikers in the world and we know how to defend like a team.

"Of course some parts of the game it will be one-against-one. It will be tough but it's a challenge that I'm ready for."