Vertonghen hopes for vindication of Pochettino’s approach in final

Vertonghen hopes for vindication of Pochettino’s approach in final

Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final on Saturday night as the European football season draws to a close with an all-Premier League tussle.

This is the London club's first appearance in a Champions League final and as such, they will be looking to not succumb to nerves ahead of a big game.

The 23 players who will travel were announced on Liverpool's website, and Keita's omission means Klopp will likely choose a midfield three from Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and club captain Jordan Henderson, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an option once again after missing nearly the entire season with injury.

"I feel good. There have been no problems so far", said Kane, who will either start or be named as a substitute.

Injured after half an hour of last year's showdown with Real Madrid, the supremely talented No.11 has an extra bit of motivation having earned another shot at landing the European Cup.

"Klopp puts that comeback partly down to the performances of "madmen". Liverpool don't give away many chances, but when they do, it's often teams exploiting the spaces behind the full-backs when they are high up the pitch.

Elsewhere, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has opted to bring in Harry Winks to sit at the base of a midfield also featuring Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen.

Pre-season friendlies are now so meticulously planned by the elite clubs that any disruption is unwelcome but Liverpool will hope they can recover from the blow and get their preparations going seamlessly.

Liverpool and Tottenham received 17,000 tickets each for their fans, but Spanish hosts expect many more to make the trip without tickets or reserved accommodation, raising the odds of problems.

"We will guarantee citizens a very powerful security operation during these days in which we will have so many fans in the city of Madrid", National Police general director Francisco Pardo said.

"Not winning the Premier League this year means it's an even larger goal for next year".

The former Liverpool star told talkSPORT: "Well, they are being criticised by stupid people because why should Tottenham win the league?"

Spurs defied the odds to reach the final. "It's been the craziest one ever and being at the end of that insane campaign now is something unbelievable".

"The first two years I was here were Europa League nights", Vertonghen added.

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