Tottenham vs Liverpool
Uefa Champions League Final 2018-19
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Kick-off time: 8:00pm BST
English rivals Tottenham and Liverpool meet in the Champions League Final in Madrid this weekend after two of the most remarkable European comebacks of all time.
The Premier League rivals were both staring down the barrel of semi-final exits, but Liverpool and Spurs shocked Barcelona and Ajax respectively with incredible victories.
Having lost the first leg of their semi-final 3-0 at Camp Nou, Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 4-0 winner at Anfield to knock Lionel Messi & Co. out of the competition.
As for Tottenham, they trailed Ajax 3-0 on aggregate at half-time of their second leg in Amsterdam – but a second-half hat-trick from Lucas Moura – including a 96th-minute winner – sent Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs through on away goals.
With the European Cup destined to end up at either Tottenham Hotspur Stadium or Anfield this season, here’s our guide to the Final.
Pochettino was keeping tight-lipped on Friday night over whether Harry Kane would start the Final.
Kane has not played since the quarter-final first leg against Manchester City in early April when he suffered a “significant” ankle ligament injury.
The England captain has declared himself fit for the showpiece clash with Liverpool and trained without problem at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on Friday night.
Kane would likely replace Lucas Moura – the hat-trick hero of Amsterdam – if he was to start and Pochettino is preparing himself for a “painful” decision.
Given that the match could well go to extra time and penalties, it may be wiser to use his star man as a second-half substitute – and Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle revealed on Friday that he believes Kane already knows he will be on the bench.
As for Harry Winks, he is confident after returning to training with the first team. Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Davinson Sanchez and Danny Rose (both thigh) missed the final day of the league season but have all shaken off niggling injuries.
Dele Alli (knock) was withdrawn at half-time against Everton as “a precaution” and is also not considered a doubt for the final.
Roberto Firmino has been passed fit. The Brazil international will return to action after missing the last three matches with a thigh problem, but Klopp was coy over whether Firmino would start in Madrid.
Teenager Rhian Brewster has been included in the 23-man squad but fellow youngsters Ben Woodburn and Curtis Jones have not made the cut.
Provisional squad: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Moreno, Lallana, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi, Brewster, Kelleher.
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Dele, Eriksen, Son, Lucas
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Mane, Fimino, Salah
Tottenham vs Liverpool