Chelsea hero, Frank Leboeuf, has offered some interesting advice to Liverpool on how to stop Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
Liverpool will face Real Madrid in tonight’s Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris.
However, Benzema has enjoyed the season of his life so far, scoring 44 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions for Real Madrid.
The 34-year-old is currently the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals.
The France international has arguably dragged Carlo Ancelotti’s men into Saturday’s final in Paris.
Benzema scored a 17-minute hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 stage.
He also scored four goals against Chelsea in the quarter-finals and three goals across an extraordinary encounter against Manchester City in the semi-finals.
But when asked how anyone could stop Benzema on ESPN FC’s YouTube channel, Leboeuf compared his experience of trying to stop Brazil legend Ronaldo in the 1998 World Cup final, insisting that Liverpool defenders should pull Benzema’s beard.
He said, “You know that question has been asked to me in ’98 about Ronaldo. I say, just pray that it works and it did work. Sometimes I think you can have a big day, I think you have to keep big pressure on him, the talent is there and at some point, you are going to have your friends to help you out. 1 v 1 you are going to suffer, he’s going to have the ball and try to take you on.”
He added: “You have to respect that, accept it and make sure your friends are there covering him.
“But you have to be close to him, you have to pressure him and scare him in a good way, maybe pull his beard.”