Football Predictions

Spurs vs Liverpool predictions, preview & expected XIs – Champions League final 2019

By Harry Edwards

Published: 8:38, 30 May 2019 | Updated: 11:08, 1 June 2019

The European football season finally comes to a close when Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool contest the Champions League final.

Liverpool will be looking to win the competition for the sixth time in their history, while Tottenham are making their debut in the final.

Read on for Tottenham v Liverpool live stream options, team news, predicted XIs, stats and TV channel info.

When is Tottenham vs Liverpool?

Competition: Champions League

Venue: Wanda Metropolitano

Date: Saturday, 1 June

Kick-off: 8:00 PM BST

Where can I watch live?

UK residents will be able to watch the 2019 Champions League final on BT Sport 2, channel 414 on Sky and channel 528 for Virgin Media users. The game will also be free to air for non-BT Sport subscribers online at sport.bt.com, via the BT Sport app and BT Sport’s YouTube channel.

Head-to-head

The 2019 Champions League final will be the third time Tottenham and Liverpool have met in European competition, with both sides winning one leg of their 1972/73 Uefa Cup semi-final – with the Reds advancing on aggregate.

Liverpool have also won both of the previous games this season, taking their total tally against Tottenham to 82, compared to the London side’s 48, with 42 draws.

Tottenham wins: 48 Draws: 42 Liverpool wins: 82

Match preview

The second-ever all-English Champions League final will put two teams with very different European histories against each other.

For Liverpool, Saturday represents a chance to win their sixth European Cup, redeeming themselves after last year’s heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in Kiev.

Not since 2005 have Liverpool been champions of Europe, but their 14 years of waiting is still some way off the 21 seasons between their fourth and fifth European Cups. The Reds’ early European Cup glory came as part of a mini-domination, winning six trophies in 11 years between 1972 and 1984, adding in their two Uefa Cup glories. Liverpool have also finished runners-up in the European Cup/Champions League on three occasions.

In stark contrast, this is Tottenham’s first ever Champions League final in only their fifth season in the continent’s premier club competition. Prior to this season, the north London club’s best finish had come in their first foray in 1961/62, when they reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions Benfica. A long absence followed and Spurs didn’t return to the Champions League until 2010. But now they are just one win away from becoming only the second London team to win the European Cup after Chelsea – but before rivals Arsenal.

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Will winning the Champions League be Klopp’s career highlight?

After so many years away from the top of European football, Liverpool fans were in dreamland following their return to the Champions League final last season.

All-conquering Real Madrid were the opponents, looking to win for the third year in a row, but that did not stop Liverpool fans’ optimism and their ‘Allez Allez Allez’ chants.

But it was not meant to be, with Gareth Bale having a night to remember for Real Madrid and Loris Karius one to forget for the Reds, as Jurgen Klopp’s men fell to a 3-1 defeat.

Another final defeat was used as a brush with which to tar the German, who has far too frequently found himself collecting runners-up medals since leading Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2013.

One year on from Kiev and Liverpool find themselves favourites for a sixth European Cup, but Klopp has admitted bringing the Champions League to Anfield wouldn’t top his career highlight.

He told reporters: “To bring the team to the Champions League final is the biggest moment in my career? No, that was 2004, getting promoted with Mainz.

“If you had known the money we had, the circumstances we had, nobody needed us in the first league.

“If I win the Champions League, though, I will have to think about this question again.”

Will Pochettino bow out with a win?

Another manager being ridiculed for being a nearly man is Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is searching for his first trophy since retiring as a player.

The Argentinian has finished runner-up on one occasion since taking charge at White Hart Lane in 2014, the 2014/15 League Cup final, in addition to a second-placed Premier League finish.

For the work he has done at the north London club, Pochettino has earned plaudits and links to the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid, though both seem distant after recent appointments.

But that does not mean Pochettino’s future at Tottenham is certain, with the Argentinian himself in early May admitting he could go out on top should Spurs win the Champions League.

“It should be fantastic, no? Close the five-year chapter and go home.”

Pochettino on the prospect of winning the Champions League with Spurs.

However, in recent days, Pochettino has been more reserved in answering questions over his future, insisting all the focus should be on his team.

He told reporters: “I am not important. What happens in the future with me – I think we have bigger things ahead to think about.

“To play the final of the Champions League, to play with all the emotions that this competition generates, I am nothing to worry about.

“I am not more important than the Champions League or the possibility to win a trophy, or the club.

“The rumours are out there. You ask about me but today the focus is 200 per cent on the final. Rumours are rumours and are there.

“After the final we will have time to talk. Today my commitment to Tottenham is 200 per cent.”

Team news

The biggest question for Mauricio Pochettino is whether Harry Kane will be fit enough to start come Saturday. The England captain has been out since the start of April but has returned to training, alongside Harry Winks – though their chances of starting are yet to be revealed.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will be buoyed by the return to fitness of Roberto Firmino, who missed the past three games with a groin injury. But, Jurgen Klopp will be without Naby Keita, who has been ruled out with a muscle tear.

Predicted Line-ups

1. Wijnaldum to start over Milner

Such is the strength of Liverpool’s usual starting XI, there aren’t too many positions up for debate come Saturday.

With Naby Keita injured, both James Milner and Georgino Wijnaldum will be looking to take the Guinean’s place, and the latter may fancy his chances after his Barcelona heroics.

The only other spot up for contention is that of Virgil van Dijk’s partner, but Joel Matip has proven himself worthy in the absence of Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, so should start.

Predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Mane, Firmino, Salah.

2. Harry Kane not to be risked

The biggest question for Pochettino to answer with his starting XI on Saturday is whether he will risk Harry Kane. But given the Englishman’s bad luck with returning from injury too soon, and the worries of ruining Kane’s body, Pochettino may opt to start his striker on the bench.

In his place, Pochettino will most likely start with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura, keeping Fernando Llorente on the bench. The rest of the team mostly picks itself, with Harry Winks and Dele Alli returning from injury worries to partner Moussa Sissoko in midfield.

Predicted Tottenham XI (4-3-1-2): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko, Alli; Eriksen; Son, Lucas.

Squawka Prediction

With the pain of the 2018 Champions League final behind them and having Tottenham’s number this season, Liverpool should just edge the tie for number six. Liverpool 2-1.

Former Southampton defender Jose Fonte has also tipped Liverpool for the win, telling Squawka: “It’s going to be an amazing game and I think Liverpool will just nick it.

“I think Liverpool will have a bit too much for Spurs but it’s quite open. They’re both great teams. Liverpool play very, very attacking football so that will leave space for Spurs to go and explore. I’m just looking forward to it, to be honest.”