Another major European, all English final competed by teams that made astonishing comebacks from the brink of elimination in previous rounds. Tonight, is the second all English European final ever and its Spurs’ first in their history. Liverpool tonight could secure their 6th Champions League trophy and their 10th major European one, but both teams have very valid reasoning for being in the final and it’s a tough one to call.
Liverpool are one of the hottest teams about, finishing on 97 points in the Premier League and still somehow didn’t win it, and incredibly they pulled a major upset in the previous round against Barcelona.
The Reds were 3-0 down after the first leg in Spain and managed to not only comeback but win on the night in very convincing fashion and proving what a serious side Klopp has put together. In Liverpool’s last 5 CL games they’ve won 4 of them by at least 1 goal, proving that they are in impressive form in Europe, beating some of the world’s best in great style.
In the last 6 games in which Sadio Mane has scored, he’s scored the first goal in 5 of them. The Senegalese international has had his most impressive season yet, finishing as the PL top goal scorer and furthermore is 1 goal away from his 100th career goal. All eyes on Sadio tonight.
Tottenham, like Liverpool, made a miraculous comeback in the previous round. After the first leg and the first half of the second leg they were 3-0 down needing 3 away goals to go through, and of course they did just that.
Lucas Moura scored all 3 of them with one of them being the last kick of the game to secure qualification, a historic win and a hat-trick. The performance as a whole was fantastic, and the win was entirely deserved but the true grit of the side was memorable.
Harry Kane has been back in training and looks as if he’ll make a return tonight which could even hinder the team’s setup as he changes the entire way that Spurs play.
Davinson Sanchez is a potential concern for the game with a thigh injury which he picked up prior to the Ajax fixtures. Naby Keita looks to be a definite miss for Liverpool with a groin injury that he suffered in the first half of the Barcelona game.
The bookies have Liverpool as 10/11 favourites and Spurs as a large 17/5. Jurgen Klopp has been runner-up in 3 major European finals in the last 7 years and hasn’t yet won one as a manager, the same as Pochettino but he’s also never won a trophy at all.
There’s a fair amount to take into consideration for tonight’s game including the fact both teams have scored in 7 of the last 8 meetings but a lot seems to be in Liverpool’s favour.
The constant threat that Liverpool offer from every position is surely going to be too much for Tottenham to handle so it’s a Liverpool win in my betslip.
Mane to score first and Liverpool to win by 2 or more goals is roughly available @14/1.