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LeBron invited to Champions League final...”Come and join us, big man!”

Jamie Carragher had plenty to say on Jurgen Klopp and LeBron James after Liverpool made the Champions League final.

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LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
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The Reds overcame a scare to defeat Villarreal 3-2 on Tuesday, securing a 5-2 aggregate triumph and punching their ticket to a 10th showpiece in Europe’s premier tournament.

Liverpool were trailing 2-0 at half-time before second-half goals from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane ensured they will meet Manchester City or Real Madrid in this month’s final.

It means a remarkable quadruple is still on the cards, with Liverpool having already clinched the EFL Cup and still in the hunt for the Premier League title and FA Cup too.

Manager Klopp insisted he would have no preference over who he faced in the French capital, but former Reds defender Carragher reckons the German would secretly prefer to face newly crowned LaLiga champions Real Madrid.

“I think he’s lying,” Carragher said speaking as a pundit for CBS. “I am pretty certain he’d prefer Real Madrid.”

Jurgen Klopp head coach of Liverpool FC
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Jurgen Klopp head coach of Liverpool FCJonathan MoscropGetty

Paris ticket frenzy

Plenty of Liverpool fans will flock to Paris for the final and one particularly famous supporter could be headed to France in the form of NBA great James, who owns a small stake in the club.

And Carragher had an invitation for the four-time NBA champion: “PARIS HERE WE COME!!!!!!!! @LFC!”

“LeBron, if you want to come to Paris you can join me, and the CBS team, and you can be my guest pitchside,” he added.

“I want you next to us in Paris to give us the support that we need to win that seventh European Cup. Come and join us, big man!”