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Kiev a “dream come true” insists Liverpool’s semi-final hero

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane says it is a “dream come true” to reach the Champions League final after scoring a crucial goal that all but booked Liverpool’s place in Kiev next month.

The Senegalese opened the scoring at the Stadio Olimpico last night as the Reds emerged 7-6 aggregate victors despite losing the second leg of their semi-final clash with AS Roma 4-2.

Mane was also on-hand in the first leg at Anfield when Jurgen Klopp’s men ran out 5-2 winner of the Italian giants.

After yesterday’s thrilling encounter, Mane told Liverpoolfc.com:

“It sounds great! Honestly I think the dream came true and [we’re] very happy – the players, fans, you guys.

“I think we deserved to win and to play this final.”

A date against Real Madrid for Europe’s biggest crown awaits, with Los Blancos having won each of the last two trophies and been in the final four out of the last five seasons.

Despite Zinedine Zidane’s side’s impressive European credentials however, Mane insists the Reds will not be intimidated.

“I have big respect for Real Madrid and we are not the best team in the world but we have a great team,” Mane continued.

“We are Liverpool, we are strong and we can beat any team in the world, so we are going to go there, try to do our best and win the cup.”