Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez previews the 2019 UCL final

Liverpool vs Tottenham

The biggest prize in European club football will be up for grabs later today.

Five-time Champions League winners Liverpool will take on Tottenham, a side who have never even made it to the final.

Despite the final not taking place until 8:00 pm UK time, Liverpool fans are already gearing up in their fan zone.

Liverpool will also be hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s final, one that saw the Reds lose 3-1 to Real Madrid.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Benitez previews the final

The last time Liverpool won the Champions League was in 2005.

They would take on AC Milan and come from 3-0 down to beat the Serie A outfit on penalties.

The man in charge of Liverpool that night was Rafa Benitez.

With Liverpool on the verge of their first UCL title since Benitez was at the helm, the Spaniard has been previewing this year’s final.

Benitez admits that Liverpool are likely to be favourites due to their league finish, but the now-Newcastle boss also thinks that a lot will depend on who opens the scoring:

“I think it will be tough because Tottenham are a good team. People say Liverpool are favourites because they did really well in the league.

“For me, that’s true. But still you are talking about a good team. They have had three weeks to prepare for this game.

“Tottenham have good players – good balance in defence, in the middle they can compete physically with Liverpool and in attack they have pace and ability and they can be a threat for the Liverpool defenders.

“Like with Arsenal v Chelsea the other day (in the Europa League final), a lot will depend on who scores the first goal. Maybe then the other team has to be more open and you can find more spaces in behind.” As quoted by the Liverpool Echo.


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