• David Tyrer

Champions League Final Match Preview: Liverpool vs Tottenham

Date & time: Saturday 1st June, 8pm

Where: Wanda Metropolitano

What channel: BT Sport (BT YouTube Channel Free)

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)


So this is the big one.


It feels like we've been building up to it forever, doesn't it? It's mental to think that almost a month has passed since we knocked Barca out and roared our way into the final again.


By kick off on Saturday night almost three weeks will have gone by since the last time the lads took to the field on the final day of the league season.


Since then it's been endless build up, social media nonsense and speculation about transfers, starting line ups and whether the Spurs boss will leave after the game.


After a week you started to get impatient. After two weeks, you didn't give a flying fuck anymore. After three weeks, the hours feels like a lifetime and time can't go fast enough.


But it's just a day now until the Reds take the field for the final time this season. They will be barely two hours away from ending the season in a way few of us would've dreamed.


So, it all comes down to this. Of course, we would've much preferred playing Ajax or any other continental side than one we're already familiar with.


But you can only beat the team in front of you. Make us dreams, boys.


Injuries & Suspension

It's a lot of positive news for Liverpool, as Bobby has been confirmed fully fit and ready to start. As to whether he will? Well, that's anyone's guess but we'd be surprised if he doesn't.


Naby Keita is the only major senior absentee. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will no doubt take his place on the bench.


Whilst youngsters Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin Kelleher are in the squad. As mentioned earlier in the squad list, it's also likely to be the last game for a few of these players.


For Spurs, they have a fully ready and fit squad available, with Kane now declared fit. That's the only major decision for Spurs - does he start in place of Moura? We shall see.


Form

Liverpool: W-L-W-W-W (all comps)

Spurs: L-L-L-W-D (all comps)


Predicted line-up

It's not a hard decision to make, really, although there are a handful of big calls for Jurgen Klopp to make in key areas.


Those being: Milner or Gini and, Bobby or Divock. On the face of it, it's likely that Wijnaldum starts in the midfield, with Milner's experience being held in reserve for the late stages.


Up top, it has to be Firmino. If he is genuinely fit, he has to start. When he plays - and when he's on top form - he makes us so much the better side. Origi is great to have off the bench.


Starting line-up: Alisson, Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Firmino and Mane.



 
 

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