Would Tottenham or Ajax be Liverpool's preferred Champions League final opponents?
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Would Tottenham or Ajax be Liverpool's preferred Champions League final opponents?

Tottenham or Ajax will stand in Liverpool’s way of winning a sixth European Cup in Madrid in June.

Liverpool produced one of the greatest displays in their history by beating Barcelona 4-0 to book their place in the final.

Now, either the Eredivisie leaders or Liverpool’s Premier League rivals will do battle to compete for Europe’s top prize.

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In truth, Liverpool will not be scared, nor will they likely care who they face in the final.

The confidence they have after brushing Barcelona aside and having a stellar domestic season will make them feel almost invincible.

But who of Spurs and Ajax would be the better opposition for Liverpool to come up against in the final?

Spurs: Better the devil you know?

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The first outcome would be that they face Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side, with whom they are very familiar.

Spurs have been involved in many high-scoring battles with Liverpool in recent seasons, with Liverpool usually coming out on top.

The Reds have won five of their last 10 games against Spurs in all competitions, drawing four and losing once.

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Klopp is familiar with Spurs’ players, tactics, weaknesses and strengths and so may prefer coming up against a side he knows.

But this means that they know the same about Liverpool, and could potentially expose and hurt them.

One thing’s for sure, losing to another English side in the final would be a very bitter pill to swallow.

Ajax: Or better the devil you don’t?

Much has been made of Ajax’s run and performances in this season’s Champions League.

The legendary Dutch side have already knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus who were both tipped to beat them.

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Yet here they are, one game away from the final after a number of impressive performances.

Individuals have also impressed, with Tadic, de Ligt, de Jong, Ziyech, Neres and Blind performing to the highest of levels.

They are certainly a side who would cause Liverpool a problem or two with their dynamism and pace.

However, this is also Liverpool’s trademark, and Klopp has shown he can thwart teams who play in this manner.

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He will happily hit teams on the break, out-run them in midfield and out-muscle them at the back.

So this could be Ajax’s Achilles’ Heel, but it is also their greatest weapon.

A Liverpool vs Ajax final is the stuff of football fairy tales too, as both clubs are steeped in European history.

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For this reason, and that I think Liverpool would be too smart and powerful for them, Ajax would be the preference.

Plus (I’ll say it again), losing the final to Spurs would be a total nightmare for Liverpool fans!

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