GARETH BALE will return to haunt Liverpool in the Champions League final, fans joked.
Bale, 32, scored the “greatest goal in Champions League history” to defeat Liverpool and lift the trophy back in 2018.
Real Madrid booked a place in the final again as they edged past Manchester City in an extraordinary late comeback at the Bernabeu.
City thought they’d be playing in the grand occasion for the second season in a row until super sub Rodrygo scored two quick goals.
Both strikes came after the 90 minute mark to send the game to extra-time and the momentum was with the newly-crowned Spanish champions.
Boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Bale, 32, will leave the club when his contract ends this summer.
The misfit superstar was nowhere to be seen yet again for spectacular Madrid celebrations on Wednesday night.
But supporters had a laugh on social media that the out-of-favour Welshman would comeback to haunt Liverpool.
One user said: “Bale is an animal when he wants to. Doesn’t matter who is the goalkeeper.”
Another added: “He be like coming on 80th minutes and score a hat-trick.”
One dreamed: “Scenes if he scores a last minute winner.”
After being devastated to start on the bench in the 2018 classic, Bale was sent on after 61 minutes.
He bicycle-kicked his way into the history books seconds later.
Marcelo’s cross was deflected skywards and Bale somehow performed an acrobatic masterclass to beat Loris Karius.
Hanging in the air, the ex-Spurs star twisted and met the ball perfectly with his left foot.
To add to the magic of the strike, the previous greatest Champions League final goal in Kiev came in 2002 from Zidane.
But far from being sour, the French Real Madrid boss celebrated wildly on the touchline as his side snatched the lead back with such a glorious goal.
And Bale even scored a second from long range after another Loris Karius howler.
Fortunately for Liverpool fans, he is unlikely to be involved in Paris when the two clash again for this year’s trophy.
On Wednesday night, Bale tweeted: “CAMPEONES! So disappointed that I’m not able to be part of the celebrations this evening due to a bad back spasm.
“But really proud of the team for winning the title! Enjoy tonight boys! #HalaMadrid.”