Alexander-Arnold and Bale were locked in drug-testing room after 2018 final

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gareth Bale were locked in the drug-testing room together after the 2018 Champions League final.

The 2018 final of European football's showpiece competition also saw Liverpool face Real Madrid, as they will do once again in Paris on Saturday night. Following the Spanish giants' 3-1 victory in Kyiv, both Alexander-Arnold and Bale were selected by UEFA officials to be randomly drug tested at full-time.

The pair ended up being locked in the testing room together for almost an hour following the match, with the Liverpool full-back recalling the incident in an interview with The Guardian ahead of this year's final.

Asked whether they spoke much whilst stuck in the testing area, Alexander-Arnold firmly responded: "No." Any player appearing in the final can be selected by UEFA for drug testing after the match.

The tests are carried out at full-time, with UEFA also having the ability to randomly test players at training or at their homes during the season as they work to combat doping in football.

Bale came off the bench to score twice and seal victory for Los Blancos back in 2018, first with a long range effort that slipped through the palms of Reds keeper Loris Karius.

The Welsh winger then followed that goal up by scoring Real's third with a stunning overhead kick into the top corner from the edge of the box.

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Alexander-Arnold was also asked whether he got close to Bale as he scored his second goal whilst he reflected on the on his first European final.

“I was close enough to see it coming in the top corner," explained the 23-year-old. "It was one of them where it’s like: ‘What’s just happened?’”

Liverpool put their defeat to Real Madrid behind them a year later as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Spanish capital a year later to claim their sixth European crown.

Jurgen Klopp's side now have the chance to avenge their 2018 final defeat on Saturday night as they travel to Paris to again face Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

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