Jurgen Klopp is seeking to end a miserable run in finals, while Spurs counterpart Mauricio Pochettino is aiming for the first silverware of his career
Tottenham and Liverpool will meet in the Champions League final on Saturday at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, with either Hugo Lloris or Jordan Henderson set to lift the European Cup at the end of the fixture.
The Reds go into the game seeking to shake off the ghosts of Kiev, where they defeated 3-1 at the same stage last season by Real Madrid, with goalkeeper Lorus Karius’ blunders ensuring they had a night to forget.
While the Anfield side are five-time champions of Europe, Tottenham have never enjoyed such a high and indeed manager Mauricio Pochettino has no previous experience of winning silverware, let alone such a storied trophy.
Who will be celebrating in Spain come the game’s conclusion?
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD and streamed on the BT Sport Live app or via YouTube.
|BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD||BT Sport Live / YouTube|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Whiteman||Defenders||Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Davies, Aurier||Midfielders||Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lucas, Marsh, Skipp, Lamela, Alli, Winks||Forwards||Kane, Son, Llorente|
Tottenham expect that they will have a full squad available for this match. Questions have surrounded the availability of Harry Kane in this fixture for weeks, but the England ace has stated that he will be able to play a full role if called upon. There is no guarantee he will start due to his lack of match sharpness.
Harry Winks is another to have battled a problem in the build up to this match, but he is set to win his race against time.
Equally, Davison Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen are set to shake knocks to play.
Possible Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Dier; Lucas, Eriksen, Alli; Son
|Goalkeepers||Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher||Defenders||Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Moreno, Gomezz, Lovre||Midfielders||Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Lallana||Forwards||Salah, Firmino, Mane, Origi, Sturridge, Brewster|
Naby Keita has been ruled out of Saturday’s match after suffering from an adductor injury in the semi-final first leg against Barcelona. Although Jurgen Klopp says the midfielder is “progressing well”, there is a suggestion he may miss the African Cup of Nations finals.
Roberto Firmino has shaken off a groin concern and is available.
Sadio Mane is aiming to become the first player since Bayern Munich’s Franz Roth in 1976 to score in successive finals.
Possible Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Betting & Match Odds
Liverpool are 10/11 favourites to win with Bet365 . Tottenham are outsiders at 10/3 while a draw is available at 11/4.
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Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have long been heralded as two of the Premier League’s top managers, though their critics have chastised them due to a lack of silverware. On Saturday evening, one of these bosses will put things right in the most spectacular way possible, for either Klopp’s Liverpool or Pochettino’s Tottenham will be crowned Champions League winners.
That both teams will contest the first all-English final since Manchester United defeated Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008 – the night of John Terry’s infamous slip – is something of a miracle in itself.
Following the first leg of the semi-finals, a Barcelona vs Ajax final looked a distinct probability, yet marvellous recoveries from the Premier League sides have seen them jet out to Madrid in place of the two Johan Cruyff-inspired clubs.
Spurs’ run to the final has seen them continually flirt with elimination, with a late Lucas Moura goal carrying them into the knockout phase after initially struggling in the group. That was only the beginning of the drama, since then, there has been a last-gasp VAR-disallowed goal to carry them through against Manchester City, then an equally tardy strike from Lucas to finally dispose of Ajax.
A succession of hardships, from inactivity in the transfer market to the upheaval of leaving White Hart Lane to move into a new ground 18 months later, have forged a robust and mentally tough unit, according to Pochettino.
“We have come to the crucial part of the season and all of that has made us strong. We have had to overcome those difficulties,” he said.
The Reds have not cut things by such fine margins but have not cruised through either. Alisson made a critical late save in the final group game against Napoli to push them into the knockout rounds, while they looked all but dead after a 3-0 loss in Barcelona that was spectacularly turned around at Anfield.
Klopp, now, needs to shake off the tag of big-game loser; he has been on the wrong end of the scoreline in each of his last six finals.
“All the circumstances were different, the teams were different,” he insisted. “If I were the reason for losing six finals then everyone needs to worry. Last year was a world-class goal and two strange goals we normally don’t concede which defeated us.
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“My career so far is not unlucky. I haven’t a problem with my career. My wife always asks me when the final game of the season is because since 2012, apart from 2017, my teams have been in finals.
“I don’t see myself as a loser and we would have a problem if I did.”
Will this be the day that Klopp, who has lost two Champions League finals previously, ends his jinx?
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