Liverpool vs Tottenham predicted teams for Champions League final
Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham face off in Madrid in all-English Champions League final – latest team news
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Tottenham are set to make a late decision on Harry Kane ahead of the Champions League final.
The England captain has been struggling with an ankle problem but has insisted he is fit to play against Liverpool in Madrid.
Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will leave it as late as possible before deciding whether to start Kane, with semi-final hero Lucas Moura hoping to keep his place.
Speaking on his talisman’s fitness, Pochettino said: “Making a decision will not be easy, the last games we played, the quarters and semis, the last 16, every game you need to take a decision.
“Like always it’s painful in football you can only use 11 players it’s the most painful situation.
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur in action(Image: Getty Images)
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“For me, respect must be massive for the players who are selected and we want to show that. Tough decisions are painful but it’s part of my job to pick the starting XI and to try to win the game.”
Liverpool have been boosted by Roberto Firmino’s return to fitness ahead of the final.
The Brazilian has trained all week and will start, while Georginio Wijnaldum is likely to get the nod in midfield ahead of James Milner.
Roberto Firmino of Liverpool(Image: Getty Images)
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Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes that is the only call Jurgen Klopp has to make with his line-up.
“I think he will go for Wijnaldum. He has been Liverpool’s best midfield player over the course of the season,” Carragher said.
“He has been up and down in 2019 but I think that has been down to tiredness more than anything after a long season.
“After scoring twice against Barcelona , I think he will get the nod.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp leads a team huddle(Image: PA)
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Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Eriksen, Sissoko, Winks, Son, Alli, Moura
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It’s only the second-ever all-English UEFA Champions League (CL) final as Tottenham make their CL final debut against five-time winners and last year’s runners-up Liverpool.
Spurs made it here in spectacular fashion after a five-goal thriller in Amsterdam, although the Londoners have seen an average of 3.08 match goals per CL fixture this season. Yet while both teams have scored in Tottenham’s last two competitive matches, the five prior ended by a tight 1-0 scoreline (W1, L4).
With Liverpool winning both previous H2Hs this season by a 2-1 scoreline – winning 1-0 at half-time in both – Tottenham enter the final as outsiders. To pull off a result they will have to tighten up before half-time, as 64.71% of the CL goals Spurs have conceded this season arrived before the break. However with Liverpool winning at half-time in three of their last four CL matches, a first-half goal looks likely.
Competing in their 21st UEFA final, Liverpool’s stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona in the semi-final second-leg (4-3 on aggregate) made it four CL games from their last five where the ‘Reds’ won with at least a -1 handicap. With six of the Merseysiders’ last eight competitive victories also being accompanied by a clean sheet, their defence has also shone this term.
Players to watch: Christian Eriksen’s last three goals were netted from the 75th minute. He assisted a Tottenham goal in the last two H2Hs.
Sadio Mané has grabbed the match opener in five of the last six Liverpool games he’s scored in.
Stat attack: The opener has been scored in the first 15 minutes in three of Tottenham’s last four games.
Liverpool have won 13 of their last 14 competitive matches – they scored before half-time in 11 of those victories.
Both teams have scored in seven of the last eight H2Hs. Both teams scored in the second half in five.
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Referee: Skomina D. (Slo),
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
Damir Skomina got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not make any mistakes.
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