Former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will give the club his heartfelt support in the Champions League final.

Hodgson has unhappy memories of Liverpool having lasted just six months as manager in 2010-11.

But the veteran manager, who is now at Crystal Palace after spells in charge of West Brom and England, wants to see the Reds succeed on the European stage.

Liverpool will play Real Madrid in the showpiece final in Kiev later this month after overcoming Roma, 7-6 on aggregate, despite a 4-2 defeat in the second leg of their semi-final.

Hodgson said: "It's fantastic. I am delighted for the club and players, who I worked with at some stage. I thought it was a fantastic performance at Anfield and it put them in the driving seat.

"Actually, the scoreline last night flatters Roma a bit. I know they will say they were only one goal away but they weren't because the two goals came so late in the game and I never had the feeling in the game that Liverpool weren't totally in control.

"I wish them, with all of my heart, the very best of luck in Kiev. They are up against a very good team and it is a final I am looking forward to."