Liverpool will be strong favourites against Spurs, an advantage they haven’t had in their last four European Cup or Champions League finals.
The Reds spent the season proving they’re one of the best teams in Europe. They’ve knocked out the champions of Germany, Portugal, and Spain on their way to the final. Their Premier League form has been outstanding – victory over Wolves would leave them with the third highest points tally ever.
Liverpool hold a 24-point lead over Spurs in the league, leaving little doubt as to who the favourites are. That’s before considering that Jurgen Klopp’s team have beaten them twice this year.
And if Liverpool are heading in as favourites, it’ll be the first time they do so since 1984. They played Juventus in the 1985 final in an evenly-matched contest. Juve had beaten them four months prior in the Super Cup, in fact.
Liverpool were clearly the underdogs in 2005 and 2007, of course. The AC Milan side they faced was packed with incredible talent, while Rafa Benitez had led his team to surprise finals.
And last year, Real Madrid were chasing their fourth in five years and their third in succession. Liverpool fancied their chances but were looking for an upset.
Of those four finals, Liverpool only won one.
June 1st will be different. Liverpool are the favourites, expected to play their own game, and know they can win. It’s an advantage Liverpool haven’t had in a European final for a long, long time but one they’d take every time.