How Tottenham can beat Liverpool in the Champions League final

Tottenham vs Liverpool Jamie Brown prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

Jamie Brown is a Tottenham fan. He runs the Twitter account Daily Hotspur.

Jamie has written virtually all our Tottenham Hotspur match previews this season.

We asked Jamie to elaborate on how Spurs can beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.

This article is posted in association with another piece written by our Liverpool expert on how the Reds can beat Tottenham in the showpiece match.

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Setting the scene

Tottenham Hotspur head to Madrid in search of their first European Cup following their thrilling turnaround in Amsterdam.

Spurs have overcome the odds on multiple occasions this season to reach the final and will need to do so again on June 1.

They take on the five-time winners of the competition Liverpool and here’s how they can beat the Reds.

Tottenham vs Liverpool betting tips: Will Spurs win?

Tottenham Champions League

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Mauricio Pochettino head coach / manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with his players and coaching staff at full time during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are at 16/5 to win after 90 minutes in Madrid.

Tottenham winning the Champions League in extra-time is at 14/1.

The north London club defeating Liverpool on penalties to lift the cup is at 12/1.

With Bet365, Tottenham are at 7/4 to lift the trophy for the first time, whilst Liverpool are at 4/9 to win it for the sixth time.

Where Tottenham could win the game vs Liverpool

Harry Kane

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 08, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Harry Kane looks set to hand Tottenham a massive boost by returning from injury just in time for the final.

The 25-year-old returned to training last week having been missing since the first-leg versus Manchester City.

Reports in the English media on Monday suggested that Kane will travel with the Spurs squad to Madrid on Wednesday and is available for selection.

Pochettino now faces a major selection dilemma with Kane, Son, Dele, Eriksen and Moura all available.

This dilemma will likely result in Spurs’ semi-final hero Lucas Moura dropping to the bench.

Whilst this would be harsh, it allows for Tottenham’s most effective front-line to start for just the fifth time in 2019.

The quartet have proven themselves to be Spurs’ biggest threat, hitting six past Everton earlier this term when all four were on song.

Another player to keep an eye on is surprise package of the season: Moussa Sissoko.

The Frenchman’s transformation from the biggest laughing stock into arguably the club’s most important player has been staggering.

Sissoko offers Tottenham the whole package in the middle of the park, being very important both offensively and defensively.

His ability to carry the ball up the pitch has been a key asset for Spurs, with the 29-year-old often demonstrating his remarkable strength.

For Liverpool, central midfield has seen lots of rotation. But facing Sissoko at the Wanda Metropolitano in his current form, is a conundrum Jurgen Klopp will have to solve.

Where Tottenham could lose the game vs Liverpool

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 8: (L-R) Donny van de Beek of Ajax, Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur, Dusan Tadic of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League match between Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruijff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam Netherlands (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

Over recent weeks, Tottenham have had two glaring holes in their side: right-back and central midfield.

Whilst Moussa Sissoko has been a true revelation, Harry Winks’ absence has forced Victor Wanyama into the line-up.

The Kenyan, who has just returned from a lengthy injury, has struggled and Spurs will be desperate for Winks’ return.

Winks, like Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, is another played that returned to Tottenham training after the Premier League season ended.

Jurgen Klopp is set to go with three midfielders, any of whom have been great this season, meaning that finding Sissoko a partner will be key to avoid him being over-run in the middle.

Kieran Trippier has been another issue for Tottenham, making costly mistakes throughout the course of the season.

At times, he has proven to be a competent full-back, but that has been severely lacking, especially since the start of the year.

Serge Aurier is back and available for selection, but Pochettino is likely to stick with Trippier in Madrid.

In that case, the 28-year-old is set to be pitted directly with Sadio Mane, one of the trickiest attacking players to deal with on the planet. This could be an area of concern for Tottenham.

What Tottenham should look out for vs Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal with team mate Trent Alexander-Arnold during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Liverpool amassing a remarkable 97 Premier League points this season highlights the size of the task awaiting Tottenham in the Spanish capital.

Without doubt, Klopp’s side have been one of the best in Europe and will be out for revenge for last season’s defeat in Kiev.

The Reds’ title challenge and route to the Champions League final this term has been greatly boosted by their continuity in defence.

The line-up of Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Roberston has made them tough to breach.

Despite their hefty price tags, Alisson and van Dijk have both proven themselves to be two of the best in the world in their positions.

Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold and Roberston have impressed greatly in all areas of the pitch for the Reds.

The duo have managed a combined total of 29 assists this season and will be a threat Tottenham must look to nullify on June 1.

Whilst Mohamed Salah has been sensational again this year, Sadio Mane stepping up a level has been another key factor in Liverpool’s success.

The 27-year-old has managed to match Salah’s total goals of 26 and will an area of concern for Tottenham in Madrid.

Tottenham team news vs Liverpool as it stands

Harry Kane has returned to training ahead of next month’s final.

After suffering another ankle injury, his season appeared to be over, but that is now no longer the case.

The 25-year-old has significantly stepped up his efforts to be ready to play in Madrid and he is now likely to feature.

Jan Vertonghen is also back training after suffering an injury against AFC Ajax.

The defender left the Johan Cruyff ArenA on crutches, but like Kane, he is also expected to start.

Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks have also returned from injuries to give Pochettino a full squad to select from.

Liverpool team news vs Tottenham as it stands

Naby Keita remains expected to miss the final despite making a good recovery from injury.

Speaking about the midfielder, Klopp told

“Naby is, I would say, a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything for the final.”

The Guinean international has been struggling with a thigh injury which he sustained against FC Barcelona.

However, Roberto Firmino is making good progress and has returned to training after a hamstring injury muscle issue.

Speaking about the Brazilian, Klopp added:

“Bobby looks really good and he is now part of training.

“Today he was in around about 70 per cent of the session.

“Tomorrow he will probably be in completely, we will see, then hopefully it will be fine.”

Tottenham predicted line-up vs Liverpool

Tottenham predicted line-up vs Liverpool

Liverpool predicted line-up vs Tottenham

(Slight error on the graphic below, with Salah expected on the right and Mane on the left.)

Liverpool predicted line-up vs Tottenham

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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