The 2018-19 European football campaign has been a memorable one, with a Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool an ideal way to wrap up the season.

Both Premier League clubs have shown unbelievable fortitude and resilience to make it to the big stage in Madrid, with incredible comebacks for both clubs in the semi-finals.

Liverpool found themselves 3-0 down after their first leg against a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona, but a spellbinding 4-0 victory at Anfield sent Jurgen Klopp’s men through to the final.

Tottenham were also 3-0 down on aggregate against Ajax with just 45 minutes to play, but a Lucas Moura hat-trick, including a 96th minute winner, broke Dutch hearts and saw Spurs take their place in the big game.

Looking ahead to the clash, it is a mouth-watering proposition, with excellent odds available with online sports betting websites.

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Speaking of which, the odds are slightly different out there, but all see Liverpool as roughly a 1/2 favourite to beat Tottenham (5/3) in the Champions League final.

Not only did the Reds edge Spurs twice in the Premier League (both by 2-1 scorelines), they have only lost to Tottenham once in the last 14 matches in all competitions (9-4-1).

While both teams needed miracle comebacks to get here, Liverpool are generally recognised as a stronger team overall and their squad is healthier.

For Tottenham, much will depend on the fitness of currently injured key trio Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Jan Vertonghen.

If two or even all three of these stars were able to play in Madrid, it would give Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs side a massive boost.

Liverpool have a scintillating forward line and the Reds travelling support will hope their team can start strongly and overwhelm their opponents with Klopp’s high-octane branding of attacking football.

However, a strong Tottenham second-half performance in the Premier League meeting at Anfield will be reason for the Merseyside supporters to be nervous ahead of the game.

Regardless of the outcome, both Klopp and Pochettino should be lauded for the job they have done at their respective clubs.

The Liverpool boss led his team to an incredible 97 points in the Premier League and it was only the brilliance of Manchester City that denied the Reds the English crown.

Tottenham have been crippled with injuries, not signed any news players in the last two transfer windows and had delays with their new stadium – but still found a way to win.

While both Klopp and Pochettino have been critiqued in the press for not lifting silverware with their current clubs, both should be viewed as winners given their achievements, regardless of the Champions League final result.


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