Selection dilemmas face Klopp and Pochettino for final

Monday, 03 Jun, 2019

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has named the squad that will travel to Madrid for the Champions League final on Saturday, with Naby Keita's absence confirmed.

The stats are certainly in their favour.

Lucas Moura may well have to repeat his heroics from the second leg of their semi-final win against Ajax, considering the doubts surrounding the fitness of Harry Kane.

The Belgian worldwide has to help marshal the defence and ensure that they avoid conceding silly goals that are totally preventable, something they were unable to do in their two Premier League games against Liverpool this season. "I can't say he's 100%, whether he will be available or on the bench or out, but we are so happy and positive about his progression". Then it helped that it was Barcelona and that it was the Champions League and you don't have to think about anything else, because the self-motivation of the players is of course huge. With nearly fully fit squads on both sides of the aisle, onlookers should get a treat to some of the most attractive football being played in the game right now. Nobody does passion and nobody does European away days like the English, and hopefully, we're going to see the best of the bunch as opposed to the worst.

"All of this is a dream and now I have the opportunity to play in the final and to win the competition I have always dreamt about", Moura told UEFA.com. For folks in Canton, the game kicks off at 3am on Sunday morning (not ideal, we know), which means only one thing: a looong night of boozin'. "We have to show the team that's played the last 10 months of the season".

"We will not lie down", said their Danish worldwide playmaker Christian Eriksen who is reportedly being courted by Real Madrid.

"This may be the best team he's taken to a cup final, but that's no guarantee that we're going to win".

Robertson had invited around 20 family members to his home in Formby the day after last season's Champions League final and only realised late on that a barbecue was required.

"There is a very powerful security device that will try to make everything run smoothly and everyone can enjoy" the party, said the director general of the National Police, Francisco Pardo.

"If we're not at 100 per cent, Spurs can hurt us, but we will be leaving everything we've got on that pitch".

Whether that will be enough remains to be seen.