Jamie Carragher told the Liverpool Echo that he thinks that Spurs could already have their name on the Champions League trophy like the Reds’ team of 2005.

The Miracle of Istanbul is still a phenomenon and something many fans still cannot properly explain.

Rafa Benitez and his men were soundly beaten after 45 minutes and yet they managed to come back from the dead to send the tie to extra time and penalties where they overcame arguably the greatest club side of all time.

Rafa Benitez.

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AC Milan, with Kaka, Maldini and Pirlo, were the clear favourites to win the Champions League final in 2005 much like Liverpool are now.

Carragher told the Echo: “Liverpool are favourites. No-one likes to be called the favourites as people like to play the underdog card in a final.

“The only worry is whether Tottenham’s name is on the trophy.

Fernando Llorente and Mauricio Pochettino

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“It’s reminiscent of what we did in 2005 and what Chelsea did (in 2012), they have sort of muddled their way to the final and haven’t had a great Premier League season in 2019, but is their name on it?


“But if Liverpool play anything like they have this year then they’ll win.”

While Carragher could be right about Spurs having the potential to cause an upset, nothing is set in stone until the final whistle goes and his superstitions are entirely unfounded.

Jamie Carragher

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Liverpool have beaten Spurs twice this season already and finished 26 points above the Lily Whites.

However, when the whistle goes on Saturday, all that will count will be what happens on the Wanda Metropolitano pitch as form goes out the window.

If Spurs win or if Liverpool are named champions, it will not be because one of them was the underdog or because they were labelled as the favourites heading into the tournament.

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