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Champions League Final: Liverpool and Tottenham set for epic clash in Madrid

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The Champions League Final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1 will crown what has been one of the most exciting competitions for many years.

The two sides both overcame what looked to be impossible positions in their respective semi-finals and they will both be eager to finish off the job in Spain.

According to BettingTop10 the odds remain in favour of Liverpool at the top betting sites in the UK, despite manager Jurgen Klopp having some injury worries to contend with ahead of the game.

Roberto Firmino missed the semi-final second leg win over Barcelona with a groin problem and faces a battle to be fit for the final.

Naby Keita is expected to be ruled out due to an adductor issue, while there a few other players carrying knocks after a gruelling season.

Harry Kane is Spurs’ main injury concern. The England captain hasn’t played since sustaining an ankle injury in the quarter-final against Manchester City, but is working his way back to full fitness.

According to Dailymail Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Harry Winks and Danny Rose are also struggling to be fit in time to face Liverpool.

The Reds reached the final after what can only be described as a roller-coaster campaign in Europe’s top club competition.

They were unimpressive during the group stage, eventually sealing their place in the round of 16 with a narrow victory over Napoli.

They improved to defeat Bayern Munich and Porto in the knockout stage, but looked to be on their way out of the Champions League after losing 3-0 at Barcelona in the first leg of their semi-final.

However, they roared back on a memorable night at Anfield, recording a 4-0 victory to secure their place in the final.

Spurs also struggled during the opening stage of the competition, with a 1-1 draw in their final game at Barcelona seeing them sneak through ahead of Inter Milan.

They demolished Dortmund in the round of 16, before edging past Manchester City on away goals in a thrilling quarter-final match-up.

Spurs looked in huge trouble in their last four tie against Ajax according to Fox Sports as the Dutch side led 3-0 after 35 minutes of the second leg, but Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick was enough to send them through.

The two sides have met once before in Europe, with Liverpool winning on away goals in the semi-finals of the 1972/73 UEFA Cup.

Liverpool have dominated Spurs in recent times, winning nine and drawing four of their last 14 meetings in all competitions, and Klopp is bullish about their chances in the final according to FootballLondon.

They completed the double over Spurs in the Premier League in 2018/19, winning both games 2-1, and are deserving favourites with the bookies to win their sixth Champions League title.

Despite being outsiders it would be foolish to write off Spurs, meaning extra-time and penalties could well be needed to split the two sides.

 
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