Liverpool should hope that Mauricio Pochettino takes a risk and starts Harry Kane in the Champions League final.
Kane has been injured since April 9th, with many believing his season was over, although the England forward hopes to be fit for the final.
“Rehab is going well,” said Kane, per the BBC. “I started straight line running this week and I have to start training even harder to prove myself to the gaffer [that I can play on June 1st].”
And Liverpool should hope he does just that. For one thing, Spurs have pulled off the seemingly-impossible in both previous rounds, without Kane.
They seem more suited to the high-tempo, counter-attacking upset when he’s not in the squad. It’s Son Heung-Min, Fernando Llorente, and Lucas Moura who have got them through – Kane would take precedent if he’s fit to start.
But on top of that, a look at the 2014 final shows the risk. Atletico Madrid decided to start Diego Costa, despite his recent injury. They needed him, after all – he was their star striker and top scorer, much like Kane.
Costa only lasted a disappointing 30 minutes, however. Off he went, leaving Atletico needing a change of plan. When extra-time came, the La Liga winners lacked a substitution – and it proved devastating.
Pochettino needs to be wary of taking a similar risk with Kane in this year’s final. He may find it too tempting, though, which could benefit Liverpool.